The Sound of Avatar

The groundbreaking technical and directorial abilities of Director James Cameron can be experienced in his breathtaking visual world of Pandora in "Avatar". This never before seen world is filled with landscapes, creatures, and civilizations that have also never been heard before by audiences.

Bringing to life the sounds of Pandora include the talent of Skywalker Sound's Supervising Sound Editor, Sound Re-recording Mixer, and Sound Designer Chris Boyes in this SoundWorks Collection sound for film exclusive profile.


AVATAR takes us to a spectacular world beyond imagination, where a newcomer from Earth embarks on an epic adventure, ultimately fighting to save the alien world he has learned to call home. James Cameron, the Oscar®-winning director of “Titanic,” first conceived of the film 15 years ago, when the means to realize his vision did not yet exist. Now, after four years of production, AVATAR, a live action film with a new generation of special effects, delivers a fully immersive cinematic experience of a new kind, where the revolutionary technology invented to make the film disappears into the emotion of the characters and the sweep of the story.

We enter the alien world through the eyes of Jake Sully, a former Marine confined to a wheelchair. But despite his broken body, Jake is still a warrior at heart. He is recruited to travel light years to the human outpost on Pandora, where a corporate consortium is mining a rare mineral that is the key to solving Earth’s energy crisis. Because Pandora’s atmosphere is toxic, they have created the Avatar Program, in which human “drivers” have their consciousness linked to an avatar, a remotely-controlled biological body that can survive in the lethal air.

These avatars are genetically engineered hybrids of human DNA mixed with DNA from the natives of Pandora… the Na’vi. Reborn in his avatar form, Jake can walk again. He is given a mission to infiltrate the Na’vi, who have become a major obstacle to mining the precious ore. But a beautiful Na’vi female, Neytiri, saves Jake’s life, and this changes everything. Jake is taken in by her clan, and learns to become one of them, which involves many tests and adventures. As Jake’s relationship with his reluctant teacher Neytiri deepens, he learns to respect the Na’vi way and finally takes his place among them. Soon he will face the ultimate test as he leads them in an epic battle that will decide the fate of an entire world.

Sound Credits

Marco Alicea Digital Sound Transfer: Skywalker Sound
Christopher Boyes Sound Designer
Christopher Boyes Sound Re Recording Mixer
Christopher Boyes Supervising Sound Editor
Tim Burby Digital Sound Editorial Services: Skywalker Sound
Frank Clary Sound Effects Assistant: Skywalker Sound
Ryan Cole Sound Recordist
John Countryman Digital Sound Transfer: Skywalker Sound
Luke Dunn Gielmuda Foley Editor: Skywalker Sound
Sean England Foley Recordist: Skywalker Sound
Ken Fischer Sound Effects Editor: Skywalker Sound
Kim Foscato Dialogue Editor: Skywalker Sound
Thomas Giordano Boom Person
Tim Gomillion Recordist
Kyle Griffiths Cable Operator
Howie Hammerman Sound Engineering Services: Skywalker Sound
David Hunter Digital Sound Editorial Services: Skywalker Sound
Richard Hymns Adr Editor: Skywalker Sound
Tony Johnson Production Sound Mixer
Jesse Kaplan Boom Person
William B. Kaplan Production Sound Mixer
Noah Katz Sound Editor: Performance Capture
Tom Lalley Sound Re Recording Engineer: Skywalker Sound
Mike Lane Sound Client Services: Skywalker Sound
Davis Lee Production Sound Mixer
James Likowski Foley Editor: Skywalker Sound (As Jim Likowski)
Stuart McCowan Adr Editor: Skywalker Sound
Shannon Mills Sound Effects Editor: Skywalker Sound
Steve Morris Chief Sound Engineer: Skywalker Sound
Steve Morris Facility Designer: Skywalker Sound
Cheryl Nardi Dialogue Editor: Skywalker Sound
Andy Nelson Sound Re Recording Mixer
Gordon Ng Sound Client Services: Skywalker Sound
Timothy Nielsen Sound Effects Editor: Skywalker Sound (As Tim Nielson)
Stacey Parish Cable Operator
Paul Pavelka Sound Re Recording Engineer
Juan Peralta Additional Re Recording Mixer
Eva Porter Sound Client Services: Skywalker Sound
Frank Rinella Foley Mixer: Skywalker Sound
Christopher Scarabosio Sound Effects Editor: Skywalker Sound
Dee Selby Field Recordist: Skywalker Sound
Tony Sereno Sound Mix Technician: Skywalker Sound
Steve Slanec Adr Editor: Skywalker Sound
James Spencer Recordist: Skywalker Sound
Sam Spicer Boom Operator
William Stein Sound Re Recording Engineer (As Bill Stein)
Gary Summers Sound Re Recording Mixer
James M. Tanenbaum Production Sound Mixer (As Jim Tanenbaum)
Addison Teague Additional Sound Designer: Skywalker Sound
Addison Teague Supervising Sound Editor: Skywalker Sound
Dennie Thorpe Foley Artist: Skywalker Sound
John Torrijos Sound Video Services: Skywalker Sound
Jana Vance Foley Artist: Skywalker Sound
Mark Williams Boom Operator
Marshall Winn Dialogue Editor: Skywalker Sound
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle Supervising Sound Editor: Skywalker Sound
Neil Aldridge Adr Recordist (Uncredited)
Petra Bach Sound Recordist (Uncredited)
Sean Byrne Sound Re Recordist (Uncredited)
Derek Casari Stage Sound Engineer (Uncredited)
Sean England Foley Mixer (Uncredited)
Paul Froula Sound Mixer (Uncredited)
Daniel A. Greenwald Boom Operator (Uncredited)
Doc Kane Adr Mixer (Uncredited)
David Lee Sound Mixer: Second Unit (Uncredited)
Scott R. Lewis Mix Technician (Uncredited)
Dana McCommon Additional Adr Recordist (Uncredited)
Jim Ridgley Boom Operator (Uncredited)
Brian Seagrave Audio Post Conform (Uncredited)
Mark Sheffield Sound Re Recording Mixer (Uncredited)
Clint Smith Sound Recordist (Uncredited)
John Soukup Sound Transfer (Uncredited)
Greg Steele Adr Mixer (Uncredited)
James Wright Sound Consultant: Dolby (Uncredited)