Ben Burtt

Sound designer, Sound effects supervisor, Sound rerecording mixer
A legendary figure in the history of motion picture sound effects, Ben Burtt virtually invented the job of sound designer by his innovative creations for such films as "Star Wars" (1977) and its five sequels, "Raiders ... Read more »
Born: 07/12/1948 in Jamesville, New York, USA

Filmography

Sound (53)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 2015 (Movie)

(Sound Design)

Chef 2014 (Movie)

(Skywalker Sound) (Foley Editor)

Space Station 76 2014 (Movie)

Sound Editor/Sound Designer(Skywalker Sound) (Sound Editor)

The Boxtrolls 2014 (Movie)

(Skywalker Sound) (Sound Effects Editor)

The Signal 2014 (Movie)

(Skywalker Sound) (Sound Designer)

The Signal 2014 (Movie)

(Skywalker Sound) (Rerecording Mixer)

Escape From Planet Earth 2013 (Movie)

(Sound Design)

Star Trek Into Darkness 2013 (Movie)

Sound Editor / Sound Designer(Skywalker Sound) (Sound Designer)

John Carter 2012 (Movie)

Sound Consultation(Skywalker Sound) (Sound)

Lincoln 2012 (Movie)

(Sound Designer)

Lincoln 2012 (Movie)

(Skywalker Sound) (Rerecording Mixer)

Red Tails 2012 (Movie)

Sound Designer/Supervising Sound Editor(Skywalker Sound) (Sound Designer)

Super 8 2011 (Movie)

(Sound Designer)

Super 8 2011 (Movie)

(Supervising Sound Editor)

Star Trek 2009 (Movie)

Special Sound Effects and Montage (Sound Effects)

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 (Movie)

(Supervising Sound Editor)

WALL-E 2008 (Movie)

Sound & Character Voice Designer (Sound Design)

WALL-E 2008 (Movie)

(Sound Mixer)

WALL-E 2008 (Movie)

(Supervising Sound Editor)

Munich 2005 (Movie)

(Sound Design)

Munich 2005 (Movie)

(Supervising Sound Editor)

Star Wars: Clone Wars 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Sound

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith 2005 (Movie)

(Skywalker Sound) (Supervising Sound Editor)

Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones 2002 (Movie)

(Sound Designer)

Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones 2002 (Movie)

(Skywalker Sound) (Supervising Sound Editor)

Fly Girls 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Sound Effects

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 1999 (Movie)

(Sound Designer)

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 1999 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

Niagara: Miracles, Myths and Magic 1992 (Movie)

(Sound Designer)

The True Story of 'Glory' Continues 1990 (Movie)

(Sound Designer)

Always 1989 (Movie)

sound rerecording mixer (Sound)

Always 1989 (Movie)

(Sound Designer)

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989 (Movie)

sound rerecording mixer (Sound)

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989 (Movie)

sound editor supervisor (Sound Editor)

Willow 1988 (Movie)

sound rerecording mixer (Sound)

Willow 1988 (Movie)

(Sound Designer)

Howard the Duck 1986 (Movie)

sound rerecording mixer (Sound)

Howard the Duck 1986 (Movie)

(Sound Effects Editor)

Nutcracker: The Motion Picture 1986 (Movie)

sound rerecording mixer (Sound)

Nutcracker: The Motion Picture 1986 (Movie)

(Sound Design)

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 (Movie)

(Sound Design)

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 (Movie)

sound rerecording mixer (Sound)

The Dream Is Alive 1984 (Movie)

(Sound Designer)

Return of the Jedi 1983 (Movie)

sound rerecording (Sound)

The Dark Crystal 1982 (Movie)

special sound effects (Sound Effects)

Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 (Movie)

(Sound Design)

The Empire Strikes Back 1980 (Movie)

(Sound Design)

The Empire Strikes Back 1980 (Movie)

sound effects supervisor (Sound Effects)

More American Graffiti 1979 (Movie)

sound editor supervisor (Sound Editor)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978 (Movie)

special sound effects (Sound Effects)

Star Wars 1977 (Movie)

(Sound Effects)

The Milpitas Monster 1975 (Movie)

(Sound Effects)
Actor (5)

Fog City Mavericks 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

WALL-E 2008 (Movie)

Voice of WALL-E/M-O (Actor)

When Star Wars Ruled the World 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

George Lucas: Creating an Empire 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

SST: Screen, Stage, Television 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor
Director (5)

Special Effects 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

The Young Indiana Jones: Attack of the Hawkmen 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Director

The American Gangster 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Blue Planet 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

The True Story of 'Glory' Continues 1990 (Movie)

(Director)
Editor (5)

Red Tails 2012 (Movie)

(Editor)

Niagara: Miracles, Myths and Magic 1992 (Movie)

(Editor)
Writer (3)

Niagara: Miracles, Myths and Magic 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Great Heep 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Writer

Star Wars 1977 (Movie)

special dialogue (Writer (dialogue))
Other (1)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 1982 (Movie)

design("ET" voice) (Other)

Biography

A legendary figure in the history of motion picture sound effects, Ben Burtt virtually invented the job of sound designer by his innovative creations for such films as "Star Wars" (1977) and its five sequels, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (1982), "E. T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" (1982) and "WALL-E" (2008). Though Burtt worked frequently in fantasy and adventure genres for directors George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, his creations were largely borne from organic sources - animal cries, found objects ranging from power lines to shopping carts, and even his own voice - which added startling levels of reality to the films' array of fantastical creatures and technology. His work was richly rewarded by the motion picture industry, and his talent placed him at the highest level of respect by a legion of fans and fellow moviemakers alike.

EDUCATION

University of Southern California

Los Angeles , California
Attended on a scholarship

Allegheny College

Meadville , Pennsylvania

Milestones

2008

Created the voice of the title character in Pixar's animated film "WALL-E"; also worked as the sound editor and mixer; earned Academy Award nominations for Achievement in sound mixing and Achievement in sound editing

2008

Once again teamed with Lucas and Spielberg for "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull"

2005

Provided sound effects for "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith"; also voiced captain Lushros Dofine

2005

Re-teamed with Spielberg for "Munich"

2002

Re-teamed with Lucas for "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones"

1999

Garnered tenth Academy Award nomination for his sound effects editing on "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace"

1996

Co-directed the Oscar-nominated short documentary "Special Effects"

1992

First TV series credit as an editor and second unit director for ABC's "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles"

1990

Directorial debut, the IMAX documentary "Blue Planet"

1989

Won fourth Oscar for his sound effects work on "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade"

1986

First TV credit as a writer on the short-lived animated children's series "The Great Heep" (ABC)

1982

Received third Academy Award for designing the voice of the title character in Spielberg's "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial"

1981

First collaboration with director Steven Spielberg as sound designer for Lucas' "Raiders of the Lost Ark"; earned second special achievement Academy Award

1980

Received his first sound design credit for Lucas' "The Empire Strikes Back"

1977

Received a special achievement Academy Award for creating the memorable sounds for "Star Wars"

1976

First film credit, provided additional sound effects for "The Milpitas Monster"

Provided sound design for the Grammy Award-winning Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Movie on Record

Hired by producer Gary Kurtz to begin developing sound effects for George Lucas' "Star Wars"

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