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Rydstrom rides to top at Skywalker Sound

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Sound designer Gary Rydstrom, a five-time Academy Award winner, has been named director of creative operations for Skywalker Sound.

The new position will allow Rydstrom to serve as sound designer and re-recording mixer for feature film projects, in addition to taking on oversight for the creative and technological direction of the entire San Rafael-based facility.

During his 15-year career, Rydstrom has picked up Oscars for his work on “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” “Jurassic Park” and “Titanic.”

George Lucas founded Skywalker Sound in 1982. The sound house is now a division of Lucas Digital, which also comprises visual f/x shop Industrial Light & Magic.

Skywalker Sound is handling audio post-production for Lucas’ upcoming “Star Wars: Episode 1” prequel.

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