Randy Thom
Born
David Randall Thom

(1951-08-21) August 21, 1951 (age 71)
OccupationSound Design
Years active1971–present

David Randall Thom (born August 21, 1951[1]) is an American sound designer and the current director of sound design at Skywalker Sound.

Career

Randy Thom began working at FM radio station WYSO at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio as a volunteer in 1970. After two years he became the station's Program Director, produced a live music show he called “Live Music Crawlin’ Out Your Radio,” and did pieces for NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

In 1975 he moved to Berkeley, California and began working with Erik Bauersfeld at KPFA Radio producing radio plays.

Thom started his film career with a phone call to Walter Murch, who invited him to visit a re-mix of American Graffiti. Thom introduced himself to Walter Murch, Ben Burtt, and Mark Berger, and said he had been working for a radio station in Berkeley, and wanted to work in film sound."[2]

At the end of the day Murch asked him to write an essay about what he had seen during the visit. A few weeks later Murch hired Randy to work on Apocalypse Now. His second film sound job would prove to be a strong turn in his career, as he assisted Ben Burtt in the Sound Effects Recording for The Empire Strikes Back.

In February 2010, Thom was honored with the Cinema Audio Society Career Achievement Award. The Award was presented by Thom's long time client and friend, Robert Zemeckis.

Thom received the prestigious MPSE Career Achievement Award at the 2014 Golden Reel Awards Gala in Los Angeles. The Award was presented by George Lucas.

Thom has been nominated for fifteen Oscars and has received two. One for “The Right Stuff,” and one for “The Incredibles. He has also received a British Academy Award for “The Revenant,” and a French Academy Award for “Le Chant de Loup.”

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1979 Apocalypse Now Post-production sound (effects) recordist
1983 Koyaanisqatsi Sound effects recordist
1983 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi Production sound mixer, re-recording mixer
1983 Never Cry Wolf Sound mixer - Saul Zaentz
1983 The Right Stuff Sound re-recording mixer, sound effects recordist (uncredited) - Saul Zaentz
1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Re-recording mixer
1985 Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets Sound designer, sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
1985 Latino Sound designer, re-recording mixer
1987 Spaceballs Sound designer, re-recording mixer
1987 Gardens of Stone Re-recording mixer
1988 Colors Sound designer, re-recording mixer
1988 Tucker: The Man and His Dream Re-recording mixer
1989 Romero Sound re-recording mixer
1989 Always Foley artist, re-recording mixer
1990 Wild at Heart Sound designer, re-recording mixer
1990 Loom Sound design consultant: Audio Book Cassette
1991 Backdraft Re-recording mixer
1991 A Brief History of Time Sound effects, re-recording mixer
1993 The Saint of Fort Washington Re-recording mixer, sound designer (uncredited)
1994 Forrest Gump Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor (uncredited)
1994 Disclosure Re-recording mixer
1995 Species Re-recording mixer
1996 The Frighteners Sound designer, re-recording mixer
1996 Mars Attacks! Sound designer, re-recording mixer
1996 Chain Reaction Sound designer, re-recording mixer (uncredited)
1997 Mimic Sound designer
1997 Contact Sound designer, re-recording mixer
1998 Stepmom Re-recording mixer
1999 Arlington Road Sound designer, re-recording mixer
1999 Snow Falling on Cedars Re-recording mixer
1999 The Iron Giant Sound designer, re-recording mixer (uncredited)
1999 Bicentennial Man Sound designer, re-recording mixer
2000 Reindeer Games Sound designer, re-recording mixer (uncredited)
2000 What Lies Beneath Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor (uncredited)
2000 Cast Away Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor (uncredited)
2001 Osmosis Jones Sound designer
2001 Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor (uncredited)
2002 Windtalkers Supervising sound editor (uncredited), re-recording mixer
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Sound designer, supervising sound editor
2003 Darkness Falls Sound designer, re-recording mixer
2003 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor (uncredited)
2004 Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence Sound designer
2004 Shrek 2 Sound designer, re-recording mixer (uncredited), supervising sound editor (uncredited)
2004 The Polar Express Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor (uncredited)
2004 The Incredibles Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor
2005 War of the Worlds Sound designer, re-recording mixer (uncredited), supervising sound editor (uncredited)
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Sound designer, supervising sound editor
2006 Ice Age: The Meltdown Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor
2006 Over the Hedge Re-recording mixer
2006 Monster House Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor
2006 Eragon Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor
2007 Ratatouille Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor (uncredited)
2007 The Simpsons Movie Sound designer, re-recording mixer (uncredited), supervising sound editor (uncredited)
2007 Bee Movie Sound designer, re-recording mixer (uncredited), supervising sound editor (uncredited)
2007 Enchanted Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor
2007 Beowulf Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor (uncredited)
2008 Standard Operating Procedure Sound designer (uncredited), supervising sound editor
2008 Horton Hears a Who! Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor
2008 Bolt Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor (uncredited)
2008 Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Sound designer, re-recording mixer (uncredited), supervising sound editor (uncredited)
2009 Coraline Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor (uncredited)
2009 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor (uncredited)
2009 A Christmas Carol Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor (uncredited)
2010 Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor
2010 How to Train Your Dragon Voice of Toothless, sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor
2010 Despicable Me Sound designer (uncredited), re-recording mixer (uncredited), supervising sound editor (uncredited)
2010 The Last Airbender Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor (uncredited)
2011 Mars Needs Moms Supervising sound designer
2011 Rio Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor
2012 The Lorax Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor
2012 Ice Age: Continental Drift Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor, additional voices
2012 Flight Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor
2013 The Croods Voice of Sandy Crood, sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor, ADR group
2013 Epic Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor (uncredited)
2013 Free Birds Re-recording mixer, supervising sound designer
2014 Rio 2 Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor (uncredited)
2014 How to Train Your Dragon 2 Voice of Toothless, sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor
2015 Home Sound designer, re-recording mixer (uncredited), supervising sound editor (uncredited)
2015 The Peanuts Movie Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor, additional voices: Snoopy vocals
2015 Crimson Peak Sound designer, supervising sound editor, re-recording mixer (uncredited)
2015 The Walk Sound designer, supervising sound editor, re-recording mixer
2016 Pete's Dragon Additional supervising sound designer
2017 Despicable Me 3 Re-recording mixer, sound design consultant
2017 Ferdinand Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor
2019 How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Voices of Toothless and Light Fury, sound designer, re-recording mixer (uncredited), supervising sound editor (uncredited)
2019 Spies in Disguise Sound designer, re-recording mixer, supervising sound editor (uncredited)
2020 The Croods: A New Age Sound designer, re-recording mixer (uncredited), supervising sound editor (uncredited), ADR group
2020 The Witches Sound designer, re-recording mixer
2021 Vivo Sound designer, re-recording mixer, additional voices
2022 Wendell & Wild Sound designer

Awards

Academy Awards

Nominations

British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

French Academy Awards (César)

Honorary awards

References

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  2. ^ 2010 CAS Career Achievement Speech Archived 2010-04-14 at the Wayback Machine
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