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Sound Designers Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro on creating "Unbroken"




John Rabe with Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro, nominated for Best Sound Editing for their work in
John Rabe with Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro, nominated for Best Sound Editing for their work in "Unbroken."
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Since we work in radio, it's safe to say this category is the most important for the success of a film. Although Best Cinematography gets a higher billing at the Academy Awards. And sure, Best Acting and Directing, too. But sound editors, the people who make and add sounds to a film give the movie just as much impact: a glass that shatters on a wall. An approaching thunderstorm. Or maybe the sound of a B-24 Bomber.

Becky Sullivan and Andrew DeCristofaro did just that for "Unbroken," the biography of track star and war hero Louis Zamperini. Their work for the film netted them an Oscar Nomination for Best Sound Design, and they joined John Rabe in the corner booth at Musso & Frank to talk about the process.