Oscar winner Randy Thom discusses sound design in first film of new series

REDMOND, WASH. – June 17, 2013 – In the first episode of Microsoft’s new film series “On the Whiteboard,” Editor Pamela Woon chats with two-time Oscar winner Randy Thom about the (often underestimated) importance of sound in human-technology interactions.

Thom, the lead sound designer at Skywalker Ranch who worked on films such as The Incredibles, Castaway and Forrest Gump, says that people rarely consider the significance of those signature sounds that come from their trusty devices, whether it be a cell phone, a computer or a tablet.

“A lot of these gadgets and pieces of technology we use become almost like friends to us, and we expect our friends to have voices,” Thom says.

About the series

The whiteboard is the place of origin for some of technology’s biggest ideas and most compelling stories, and with this new film series, the focus is on just that – the stories, ideas, people, places and things that make Microsoft tick. These micro documentaries will take viewers behind the curtain, but also to the intersection of culture and technology, Woon explains.