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New Member: Midge Costin's Soundscapes
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Midge holds the Kay Rose Endowed Chair in the Art of Sound Editing at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. She is the first to hold this post, given by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg in 2005, and for over 25 years, she has been a feature film sound editor having freelanced at every major studio in Hollywood.

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Broken Arrow

1996

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Director John Woo’s breakneck action film about the chase to regain stolen nuclear warheads is another amped-up ride from the filmmaker, and the sound editing required for the lengthy, frequent action scenes is a blistering crash course in how to ratchet up suspense with each perfectly timed sound effect.

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Broken Arrow
1996
108 Mins | R
A renegade Air Force pilot (John Travolta) commandeers two nuclear bombs.


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Crimson Tide

1995

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Midge received the first of her two Oscar nominations for Sound Editing for this tense Tony Scott submarine drama with Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington, which won the MPSE Golden Reel Award for Best Editing. She would earn a second nomination for her work on Michael Bay’s Armageddon (1998).

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Crimson Tide
1995
115 Mins | R
U.S. naval officers (Denzel Washington, Gene Hackman) clash aboard a nuclear sub.


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Dead Again

1991

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An ode to classic Hollywood mysteries with a supernatural twist, Kenneth Branagh’s reincarnation whodunit unfolds over two different time periods in L.A. united by one central murder. The extremely dense sound mix of the film required pinpoint precision to edit the barrage of thunderclaps, chase scenes, and breathless revelations into a convincing cinematic whole.

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Dead Again
1991
107 Mins | R
Private eye (Kenneth Branagh) and amnesiac (Emma Thompson) echo 1940s murder-case couple.


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Hocus Pocus

1993

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Now a go-to Halloween classic for all ages, this Disney production is a treat for the eyes and ears with its modern fairytale atmosphere reflected in the crafty manipulation of sound to create a world of magic lurking on the edges of modern suburbia. Cackling and rushing autumn wind have never sounded this much fun. 

WHERE TO WATCH
Hocus Pocus
1993
95 Mins | PG
Trick-or-treaters meet three witch sisters (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy).


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Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound

2019

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A fascinating tribute to the art that created the soundscape of motion pictures, this documentary, produced and directed by Midge, features interviews and a peek behind the curtain with some of the biggest names in the field. 

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Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound
2019
94 Mins | PG
Visionary directors work with sound designers to create the most exciting moviegoing experiences.


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