Ted Gomillion dies at 77

Post-production innovator owned Gomillion Studios

Ted Gomillion, owner of post-production facility Gomillion Studios and an innovator in the industry for more than 30 years, died suddenly on Sept. 25. He was 77.

Gomillion Studios was an independent, full-service (dailies to final mix print-mastering) post facility, one of just a few in Los Angeles in the 1970s and ’80s.

He designed and built the first remote ADR Trailer complete with 35mm projection, first used on 1970’s “Too Late The Hero.” No others were built until the advent of videotape projection. Now, they are commonplace.

Gomillion also designed and built the first ADR cueing devices, which generated the three beeps based on a cue point. Before that, “loops” were used. After that, you could put up the whole reel of film and watch in context.

He modified existing Simplex Projection to be able to go high-speed (2x) reverse, when others could just go single speed.

He converted telecine projectors into interlock-capable machines that could go 6x speed when conventional projection was 2x high speed.

Gomillion also designed and built the first daily screening trailers for distant location 35mm picture and sound track interlock playback of Dailies.

Gomillion also provided a start or step up in the business to a variety of people who went to Emmys or Oscars or senior executive positions in the post industry, including sound editor Richard Anderson (“Raiders of the Lost Ark”), sound editor Stephen Hunter Flick (“Speed”) and picture editor and dialogue editor Bonnie Koehler.

Gomillion graduated from USC Film School in 1959. There he designed among the first stereo headphone listening devices.

After retiring in 1988, he started Immortal Classics, a production company combining his passions of cinema and classical music.

Gomillion was a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences’ Sound Branch.

He is survived by his wife, Mary (Tip); daughters Pam and Dee; sons Jeff and Tim, both of whom also work in sound. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, a brother and a sister.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 12, at 11 a.m. at Angeleno Mortuary, 5948 Van Nuys Blvd., Van Nuys, Calif.

Donations may be made to a memorial fund for Mary to help offset expenses: Mary Gomillion, PO Box 1158, Studio City, CA 91614.