Kent Sparling

Sound Designer, Supervising Sound Editor, Re-recording Mixer

Kent's Story

Kent Sparling is a visual and recording artist born in San Francisco. After early stints in theatrical sound and lighting design, Sparling spent three years at Sound Transform Systems, hand-building Serge Modular analog synthesizers for musicians such as John McEntire and Trent Reznor. He departed STS in 1995 to work in film sound in Vancouver, BC, and since 1997 has been employed as a sound designer and re-recording mixer at Skywalker Sound, with credits on Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin SuicidesLost in Translation and Marie Antoinette; Mike Mills’ Thumbsucker; Spike Jonze’s Adaptation and her; and We Own the Night and Two Lovers by James Gray. His deep ties to independent film are exemplified by his work on Lance Hammer’s Ballast, Miranda July’s The Future, Braden King’s HereBluebird from Lance Edmands, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints by David Lowery, Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves and Ira Sachs’ Love is Strange.  He is currently re-teaming with Lowery on Disney’s Pete’s Dragon.

In 2014, The San Francisco Film Society inducted Kent as member of Essential SF, which shines a light on the region’s legendary, idiosyncratic and multifaceted contributions to the film world, celebrating the local filmmakers, film lovers and organizations that make San Francisco a wonderful place for cinephiles.