The origin of Skywalker Sound can be traced back to 1975, when George Lucas and Gary Kurtz hired Ben Burtt, a young graduate of the USC School of Cinema & Film. They were looking for a “director of sound,” someone who could imagine and implement a creative soundtrack to match the revolutionary visuals they planned for a low-budget science fiction adventure called Star Wars.
The company soon became Sprocket Systems, and shared space with Industrial Light and Magic in San Rafael, before moving up to the newly completed Skywalker Ranch in 1987.
Sundance Labs at Skywalker Sound
Since 2013, Skywalker Ranch has hosted the Sundance Institute’s Music and Sound Design Labs. The Sundance composers and filmmakers are given invaluable access to collaborate with Skywalker Sound’s Editors, Sound Designers and Re-recording Mixers during the post-production process in ways they have never been able to before. In hosting the Sundance Labs, Skywalker Sound is proud to continue the legacy that George Lucas began years ago, and to help realize his vision of what the Ranch could be. At its heart, Skywalker Ranch remains a colony of artists who come together to collaborate in a unique environment dedicated to filmmaking and storytelling.