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Ben Burtt Edit Profile

director , editor , sound designer

Ben Burtt, American sound designer, director, editor. Recipient Training and Enterprise Council award, 1985, Gold Record The Story of Star Wars.


Burtt, Ben was born on July 12, 1948 in Syracuse, New York, United States.


Bachelor in Physics, Allegheny College, 1970;Master of Arts in Motion Picture Production, University of Southern California, 1975.


Still photographer, member camera crew, Industrial Light & Magic, San Rafael, California, 1975;successively supervising sound editor/sound designer, picture editor, writer, director, Sprocket Systems division of Lucasfilm Ltd. (now Skywalker Sound, San Rafael, California, since 1975. Lecturer Stanford University, Society Motion Picture and television Engineers, Allegheny College, Syracuse University, Museum Film and Photography, United Kingdom.

Consultant National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


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  • Other Work

    • Creator, photographer special effect sequence (television movie) Killdozer. Sound editor, sound designer (film) The Big Fight, Deathrace 2000. Stuntman (film) Attack on Precinct 13.

      Supervising sound editor, sound designer (films) Star Wars (Oscar award), More American Graffitti, 1979, The Empire Strikes Back, 1980 (Oscar award, British Academy award), Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981 (Oscar award, Golden Reel award), Return of the Jedi, 1983 (Oscar nomination), Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, 1984, Willow, 1988 (Oscar nomination), Nutcracker The Movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, 1989 (Oscar award), Always, 1989 (short subjects) The Dream is Alive, Niagara: Miracles, Myths and Magic, 1986, Alamo, The Price of Freedom, The Living Seas, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, 1999, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, 2002, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith, 2005, Munich, 2005, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, 2008. Designer special sound effects (films) Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 1978, Alien, Dark Crystal, 1982, ET: The Extraterrestrial, 1982 (Oscar award), Howard the Duck, 1986, The Great Heep, 1986, Wellington's Victory, Ryan versus Dorkman 2, 2007, WALL-E, 2008. Sound editor Sprocket Systems 10 Year Retrospective, The Sound of the Alamo, Wind Turbine Falls, Volume Six, In The Footsteps of Fremont, The True Story of GLORY Continues.

      Writer (films, television series) The Adventures of Mungo Baobab, WOW!, SOUNDTRACK!. Director Blue Planet, 1990, To The Stars, In The Footsteps of Fremont, The True Story of GLORY Continues. Producer, director 15 television commercials various advertising agencies, New York.


Married Margaret L. Darragh. 3 children.

Margaret L. Darragh