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riginally from London, Ben moved to Hollywood to pursue his dream of creating sounds for feature films. Two decades and nearly 100 films later, Ben is just getting started. Part of a rare breed that is as good at designing sounds as he is at mixing them, Ben began working at Technicolor in 2013 and has already contributed his skills to films for Blumhouse, Lionsgate and Focus Features.
Ben, along with fellow sound re-recording mixer Craig Mann and production sound mixer Thomas Curley, took home the Oscar for Sound Mixing and BAFTA for Sound on the indie film Whiplash. Ben is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In addition to his Oscar win, Ben cites his proudest professional moments as working with Angelina Jolie on her directorial debut, In the Land of Blood and Honey, and his part in designing sounds for the Academy Award nominated Twister. Not surprisingly, Sergio Leone and his sound mixer, Fausto Ancillai, inspire Ben creatively for the way the Italian film-makers used sound to push the audience’s emotional buttons.
A kid at heart, Wilkins loves to use all the speakers in the theater to help tell a director’s story. Consequently, he is curious about the development of immersive sound systems that use more channels. Ben explains, “The 3D sound formats provide us a larger, more distinct canvas through which the director can weave his story.”