Ben Burtt, sound designer, supervising sound editor, and picture editor on the Star Wars saga, will make a rare convention appearance in Europe at Star Wars Celebration this July. Burtt, with more than 30 years of experience as a writer, director, film editor, sound designer and sound mixer, will appear on the stages as well as greet fans in the Autograph Hall.
Known for his Oscar-winning sound effect and sound design work, Burtt recently researched the life, times, and artifacts of President Lincoln’s era to create the sounds for Lincoln, produced by Kathleen Kennedy. Other recent credits include John Carter, Super 8, and Lucasfilm’s Red Tails.
Burtt has an extensive resume that includes documentaries, network television movie specials, and educational, specialty and feature films. He received Special Achievement Awards for the creation of the alien, creature and robot voices featured in Star Wars and for Sound Effects Editing for Raiders of the Lost Ark; he won Oscars® for Sound Effects Editing for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989). He also has earned nominations in the Sound category for Return of the Jedi (1983) and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade; in Sound Effects Editing for Return of the Jedi, Willow (1988) and Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace (1999); and in Sound Editing and Sound Mixing for WALL•E (2008).