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  Star Wars: Biography | Ben Burtt
It was Ben Burtt's sound design work -- creating the voice of R2-D2, the hum and crash of lightsabers in battle, and the zooming rush of the speeder bike chase -- that gave the original Star Wars its convincing feel of audio reality.
Burtt has been in the film business for over 23 years as a sound designer, mixer, editor, writer, and director.
Burtt has also done sound design for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, Always, Willow, Alien, More American Graffiti, Howard the Duck, The Dark Crystal, Nutcracker the Motion Picture, The Dream is Alive, Alamo, and Niagara.
www.starwars.com /bio/benburtt.html   (399 words)

 Ben Burtt - Wookieepedia, the Star Wars Wiki - A Wikia wiki
Ben Burtt (born July 12, 1948) was the sound designer for the Star Wars films, and others made by Lucasfilm Limited with subsidiary Skywalker Sound.
Burtt has a reputation for including a sound effect dubbed the "Wilhelm scream" in many of the movies he's worked on.
Burtt was also heavily involved in writing the animated series Star Wars: Droids, to which the prequel trilogy makes many references.
starwars.wikia.com /wiki/Ben_Burtt   (307 words)

 Sound Effects - The Wilhelm Scream
Ben and his friends in the cinema department at USC, Rick Mitchell and Richard Anderson, noticed that a scream was popping up in a lot of movies.
A few years later, when Ben Burtt was hired to create sound effects for Star Wars (1977), he had an opportunity to do research at the sound departments of several movie studios.
Ben adopted the scream as a kind of personal sound signature, and included it in all the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" films, and many of the other films he has worked on including "More American Graffiti" (1979) and "Willow" (1988).
www.hollywoodlostandfound.net /wilhelm   (1529 words)

It's not hard to find out that Burtt is 50 years old, a graduate of Allegheny College (Meadville, Pa.) with a physics degree, and the owner of four Academy Awards.
Burtt experimented with the sound of flapping cloth and leather, but none of it struck a chord.
Burtt can't really explain the genesis of his aural imagination, but he compares making sound to making music: You pay close attention to the world around you, then you sort of just hear it in your head.
www.pitt.edu /~kloman/burtt.html   (760 words)

 Ben Burtt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Burtt earned a college degree in Physics from Allegheny College.
Burtt pioneered modern sound design, especially in the science fiction and fantasy genres.
Taken from a character named "Wilhelm" in the film The Charge at Feather River, the sound can be heard in countless films: for instance, in Star Wars when a stormtrooper falls into a chasm and in Raiders of the Lost Ark when a Nazi soldier falls from a moving car.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ben_Burtt   (464 words)

 Ben Burtt - Moviefone
Sound editor Ben Burtt has played a crucial role in creating the magical ambiance of George Lucas' classic sci-fi fantasy adventure series Star...
It was Ben Burtt's sound design work -- creating the voice of R2-D2, the hum and crash of lightsabers in battle, and the zooming rush of the speeder bike...
Ben Burtt - Filmography, Biography, News, Photos, Birth date, Relationships, Ben Burtt Film Clips, and Fun Facts on Moviefone.
movies.aol.com /celebrity/ben-burtt/83647/main   (123 words)

 Silicon Valley Radio: Interview with Ben Burtt
Burtt has gone pretty far since "The Window Washer" -- his first short made 38 years ago -- in which a toy soldier plunges off a high rise.
While the voice was from actor James Earl Jones, the raspy breathing came from Burtt's own lungs -- fed through a microphone placed in a scuba-tank regulator.
Special Effects, which Burtt directed, encompasses 100 years of cinematic history, and is a study of how the masters worked their celluloid magic.
www.transmitmedia.com /svr/vault/burtt   (272 words)

 Ben Burtt to Direct Chassis - Superhero Hype!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Burtt's most recent work includes editing the current "Star Wars" prequels as well as creating a new sound division for Pixar Animation.
For the San Diego Comic Con, Hurricane and Ben Burtt have created a four minute live action short to show off the world of Chassis to the public.
Included is a short story written and drawn by William O'Neill, an exclusive interview with Ben Burtt, and a glorious cover by Ryan Church.
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 Ben Burtt - Sound Designer of Star Wars
Ben Burtt - Sound Designer of Star Wars
Transcript of an excerpt from an interview of Ben Burtt in the Star Wars Trilogy: The Definitive Collection Laserdisc Box Set (If you want to see the full interview, rent it or buy it.)
Secondly, you'll have a sound editor and this is a person back in a studio who generally has a collection of sound and is able to go out with a portable tape recorder or something like that.
www.filmsound.org /starwars/burtt-interview.htm   (955 words)

 Indiana Jones: Biography | Ben Burtt   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
New York native Ben Burtt studied physics in college but realized soon enough that his true calling was in special effects.
Burtt has worked with George Lucas since 1975, and in the 15 years as a sound designer for Lucasfilm, he won Academy Awards for Sound and Sound Effects Editing in four films: Star Wars, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
In 1990, Burtt started working as a director.
www.indianajones.com /bio/crew/benburtt.html   (308 words)

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