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      Gary Rydstrom

      Gary Rydstrom

      Highest Rated: 96% Monsters, Inc. (2001)

      Lowest Rated: 18% Strange Magic (2015)

      Birthday: Jun 29, 1959

      Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

      You may not recognize Gary Rydstrom's name or even recognize him if you saw his picture, but you've surely heard his work. Rydstrom is a sound designer for motion pictures and has contributed significantly to the art of cinema with his intricate and realistic explosions, crashes, hits, and stomps. Without talented craftsmen like Rydstrom, the modern blockbuster would be a very different kind of cinematic experience than we are used to. Rydstrom fell in love with movies at an early age, and after graduating from the USC film program, he was hired at Lucasfilm on the recommendation of his film professor. Most of his subsequent work has been for the company that filmmaker George Lucas built, and he has contributed to some of the most popular major motion pictures around, fine-tuning the aural experience that has become such an important aspect of science-fiction, action, and animated spectacles. His first work for the company was on "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" in the early 1980s. He also worked as a foley artist--the guy who actually makes the sounds for the movies--on productions such as the action movie "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins" and the epic fantasy "Willow." Rydstrom's most celebrated work can be heard in his work for Steven Spielberg ("Jurassic Park," "Saving Private Ryan") and James Cameron ("Terminator 2: Judgment Day," "Titanic"), for which he won Oscars.



      18% 52% Strange Magic Director,
      $12.4M 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Strange Magic 3D Director,
      - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Strange Magic Director,
      - 2015
      88% 85% The Wind Rises Director - 2013
      No Score Yet 84% Hawaiian Vacation Director,
      - 2011
      94% 85% The Secret World of Arrietty Director - 2010
      No Score Yet 89% Lifted Director,
      - 2006
      83% 88% Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony Sound Designer $399.0K 2002
      79% 77% Punch-Drunk Love Sound Designer $17.8M 2002
      96% 90% Monsters, Inc. Sound Designer $494.0K 2001