Gary Rizzo

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Gary Rizzo has propelled a childhood love for filmmaking into an award-winning career as a sound re-recording mixer. The 1993 Recording Arts grad has worked on the audio for dozens of film projects, including How to Train Your Dragon, Enchanted, Fahrenheit 9/11, and TRON: Legacy. He won an Academy Award in 2010 for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing for his work on Inception, and has been nominated four additional times, Interstellar, Inception, The Dark Knight), The Incredibles.

"There's never a project that comes across as 'just another project.' Every project offers its own uniqueness."

Gary got his start at the legendary Skywalker Sound, where he would recall afternoons as a kid running around the neighborhood pretending to be a Jedi while honing his postproduction skills on Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. As a re-recording mixer, Gary's role is to combine a film's dialogue, sound effects, and music to create a cohesive soundtrack.

In recent years, Gary has collaborated with director Christopher Nolan, working on the sound for several of his projects, including Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, and Inception.

"Working for Christopher Nolan is an absolute treat," says Gary. "Chris is interested in powerful, effective emotions – he really wants to make a big impact with both picture and sound, and he relies on his crew to follow through and deliver. The fact that I can contribute to part of his projects is hugely flattering."

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Credits:
Minions, Oblivion, We Own the Night, How to Train Your Dragon, Batman Begins, Maleficent, Oscar Winner for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, Inception (2011), Four-time Oscar Nominee for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, Interstellar (2015), Inception (2011), The Dark Knight (2009), The Incredibles (2005)

Graduation Year:
1993

It's always nice to see your name in the credits, but for me it's about working on interesting projects because I just love the medium.”
—Gary Rizzo
Music is a universal language.
2009 Hall of Fame Inductees