Fascinating for the insiders in the Movie Industry, sound creates the immersive reality an illusion, usually taken for granted in the movie experience for the average person, that ties the individually edited shots of the picture together. Sound is often only noticed when it’s not right.
Recently we had the opportunity to ask Jay Levine, an award winning, Hollywood Sound Editor working for Atomic Sound Post Production, what inspired him to pursue a career in sound and what it takes to become a professional sound editor from a young aspiring “media enthusiast” growing up in Miami, Fla.
For the past four decades he has been stimulating our aural senses with original production sound recordings and post production sound work on some of the top network television shows in the industry. Levine was awarded a GRAMMY Award for “Michael Nesmith’s Elephant Parts”, a Motion Picture Sound Editors’ Golden Reel Award for the TV Series “MacGuyver” and an EMMY® Award for the one of the biggest series of the 1990s, “The X-Files” with at least 11 additional nominations for sound editing and mixing during his career.
Some of the other top shows Levine has worked on are: Dallas, Knot’s Landing, Northern Exposure, Baywatch, The Wonder Years, L.A. Law, Space: Above and Beyond, Ally McBeal, The Practice, N.Y.P.D. Blue and Alcatraz. Levine is currently dialogue editor on the hit NBC series “REVOLUTION”.