Midge Costin is the Head of Sound and the Kay Rose Professor in the Art of Sound Editing at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She is the first person to hold this endowed chair given by George Lucas and Steven Spielberg in 2005. For over 25 years she has been a feature film sound editor having worked at every major studio in Hollywood. Costin has edited sound for filmmakers such as John Waters (Crybaby), David Wolper (Imagine: John Lennon), Amy Heckerling (Look Who’s Talking Too), Kenneth Branaugh (Dead Again), Tony Scott (Crimson Tide), and Jerry Bruckheimer (The Rock). Crimson Tide and Armageddon, for which she edited effects and dialogue, received Oscar nominations for Sound Editing.



Bobette Buster is a world-renowned lecturer on cinema storytelling, a screenwriter and script consultant. She has created and conducts numerous international script development programs at film schools around the world. She has been teaching Hollywood's top decision makers and creatives as an Adjunct Professor at USC's acclaimed Peter Stark Producing Program, via Pixar University’s in-house program, and for Sony Animation Studios, Disney Animation Studios, Disney Toons Studios, Oprah's Harpo Films and Twentieth Century Fox.



Karen Johnson produced the feature documentary Double Dare, about Hollywood stuntwomen, an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival, featuring Lucy Lawless, Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino, distributed worldwide by Capital/First Look, NBC/Universal and Cinetic Rights Management. Through her prior partnership, Wild Rose Productions, Karen co-produced Twice Upon A Yesterday, which was distributed worldwide, nominated for an Imagen Award and a Goya Award. She is currently producing the feature documentary film KUSAMA: Princess of Polka Dots  which is in post-production.  Karen is also an attorney.



Kate Amend most recently edited the award-winning documentary feature film The Case Against 8. She was the International Documentary Association’s inaugural award winner for Outstanding Achievement in Editing for her work which includes two Academy Award-winning documentary features: Into the Arms of Strangers and The Long Way Home. Amend also received the American Cinema Editors’ Eddie award for Into the Arms of Strangers. Other recent films include Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Time of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpouche, and One Lucky Elephant, winner of the Best Documentary Editing Award from the Woodstock Film Festival. Amend has been an advisor at the Sundance Institute Editing Lab and has appeared on panels for the Sundance Film Festival, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, International Documentary Association and American Cinema Editors. She is on the faculty of the School of Cinematic Arts at USC, is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and is on the Board of Directors of the American Cinema Editors.



Sandra Chandler’s work has received theatrical exhibition, been broadcast widely on ABC News, NBC News, A&E, Sundance, PBS, TLC, Cinemax, the Discovery Channel and National Geographic Explorer, and featured in film festivals. Her extensive work for HBO has garnered her two Emmy nominations for outstanding cinematography: Living Dolls and All Aboard! Rosie’s Family Cruise. Also for HBO, she shot the critically acclaimed, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, and The Young and the Dead. Most recently she shot the soon-to-be theatrically released, Thunder Soul—The True Story of Conrad Johnson and the Kashmere Stage Band, and One Lucky Elephant, broadcasting on the OWN network.



David J. Turner is an award-winning editor, sound designer, and documentary filmmaker. He teaches Sound Re-Recording Mixing at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and recently worked in post-production on Fruitvale Station, the Grand Jury Prize-winning film at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. His documentary work has taken him to 20 countries across the world - directing and editing films for a global non-profit organization that garnered 23 Telly Awards and helped raise millions of dollars for crisis response domestically and internationally. David is also a prolific composer.



Our Consultants

Gary Rydstrom has won seven Oscars and been nominated 14 times for his sound work on Lincoln, War Horse, Lifted, Finding Nemo, Minority Report, Monsters, Inc., Star Wars Episode I-The Phantom Menace, Saving Private Ryan, Titanic, Jurassic Park, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Backdraft. Many of Gary’s projects have had multiple nominations for Oscars, BAFTAs, Cinema Audio Society Awards.

Mark Jonathan Harris is an Oscar winning documentary filmmaker, journalist, novelist, and film professor. His writing and directing credits include: The Long Way Home, Academy Award for Best Feature Length Documentary; Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport,, Academy Award for Best Feature Length Documentary, Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives, (as writer) Emmy nomination. He also wrote The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing, a documentary about editing produced by BBC-TV, NHK, and STARZ, featuring Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, George Lucas, Jodie Foster, Walter Murch, Dede Allen and many others. In 2010 the International Documentary Association honored him with its Scholarship and Preservation Award.

Jack Lerner is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Director of the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic. Professor Lerner received his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Professor Lerner has supervised legal interns working with a wide coalition of documentary filmmakers seeking an exemption to help them exercise their fair use rights.

Tomlinson Holman was named head of a newly created division at Apple Computer, Inc.  He also remains a Professor at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and at the Viterbi School of Engineering, is the Chief Scientist at Audyssey Laboratories, and founder of TMH Corporation. Formerly, Tom was Corporate Technical Director for Lucasfilm Ltd where he pioneered the THX Sound System, Home THX, and innovated the most widely used multichannel sound system “5.1.” Tom received a Career Achievement Award and an Honorary Membership from the Cinema Audio Society, an Honorary Membership from the Motion Picture Sound Editors, an Honorary Membership in the Society of Television Engineers, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association. He is the author of three books, Sound for Film and Television, Surround Sound Up and Running and Sound for Digital Video, which have been translated into Japanese, Korean, and Chinese, and is a member of the editorial board of Motion Imaging, the journal of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

William Whittington, conducts research and teaches courses in film and television history, genre studies, film and Buddhism, audio culture, digital culture, adaptation, and gender and sexuality in film, television and new media. Between 1993-1997, he served as the curator of the USC Warner Bros. Archives. His scholarly work includes articles and interviews on genre, sound, new media and technology. He is the author of Sound Design and Science Fiction from University of Texas Press, 2007.  His new book for the University of Texas Press is entitled Sound Design and Horror.


LEGAL CONSULTANTS: (for Clearance and Copyright):Professor Jack Lerner and the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic have agreed to advise the production team with respect to the use of clips and clips clearance.