The Sound behind the Image III: Real Horrorshow!

Presented by the Academy’s Science and Technology Council

Hosted by supervising sound editor David E. Stone

“Suspense and horror are generated more effectively by sound than image. To that end, the role of the sound person as the ‘Boogie Man’ in the soundtrack can be the most enjoyable one.” – Ben Burtt

Academy Award®-winning supervising sound editor David E. Stone hosted an evening exploring the art and technology of sound in motion pictures and the important role it plays in shaping horror films.

Film clips traced the evolution of sound in horror films, from “The Phantom of the Opera” (1925) through the digital age of “The Blair Witch Project” (1999) and“Cloverfield” (2008).

Mark Mangini, three-time Oscar® nominee for sound effects editing, and Richard L. Anderson, two-time Oscar nominee for sound effects editing and Special Achievement Award winner, took the audience behind the scenes to learn how sound effects were created for “Poltergeist” (1982), a film that elevated horror sound from B-movie status to full-scale modern multi-channel presentation.

Vanessa Theme Ament, foley artist, teacher and author (The Foley Grail) took the stage to present the work of master foley artist John Post, who, in his work on such films as John Carpenter’s “The Thing” (1982), and in his role as trainer/mentor to other foley artists, influenced the way sound effects are created for horror films today and helped make foley a respected and necessary part of every horror soundtrack.

In addition, Oscar-winning production sound mixer Gene Cantamessa and supervising sound editor and recipient of the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation, Don Hall, explored their work behind the scenes of “Young Frankenstein” (1974). Other special guests included sound effects editor and foley artist Louis Kleinman, sound rerecording mixer Christian Minkler and sound effects wrangler Steve Lee.

Event Information

Thursday, October 29, at 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
David Stone

Oscar-winning sound editor and host David Stone.

David Stone and John Post

Host David Stone (left) and foley artist John Post.

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