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Baihui Yang Brings Toy Story 4 Characters to Life

Melanie Mociun | May 14, 2019

 

Qianbaihui Yang has pointed a microphone at a roaring, spitting jaguar, walked alongside biting camels and stood near a pack of playful, loud elephants—all to capture realistic sound effects.

A sound editor at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, Calif., near San Francisco, Ms. Yang edits dialogue between characters for film and television and creates and synchronizes scene-specific sounds, such as tires spinning, feet clomping or sirens blaring.

Most recently, she helped edit “Toy Story 4,” due out in June, and has worked on films including “Captain Marvel,” “A Wrinkle in Time” and “Cars 3.” She spoke with The Wall Street Journal about her job and career path; here are edited excerpts.

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