If for some reason you’ve been living in a cave for the last forty years with cotton wool in your ears and don’t know what a genius Ben Burtt is, then you are in for a treat. Watch this video, hosted by the late, great Robert Guillaume, which discusses his work on the Star Wars trilogy, Indiana Jones, and E.T.
Further to that, watch the 2 minute video embedded in the tweet below as he works on the Millennium Falcon sound effects for the failing hyperdrive in The Empire Strikes Back.
Millennium Falcon’s hyperdrive malfunction SFX demonstrated by sound designer Ben Burtt pic.twitter.com/1iKZFs94V8
— Eyes On Cinema (@RealEOC) January 27, 2019
I was fortunate enough to spend 45 minutes in Ben’s office at Skywalker Ranch back in 2013 as he was digitising reel after reel of sound effects from Empire. Watching him work just showed how tuned in he is to every sound that vibrates his ear drums, a true pioneer of sound.