Richard Hymns

Supervising Sound Editor

Richard's Story

Richard Hymns has journeyed from film studio tea-boy to Academy Award-winning Supervising Sound Editor. He got his start as a 16-year-old at Elstree Studios in London running tea service to film editing crew members on their breaks, becoming an apprentice editor soon after.

He rose through the ranks and found his niche in motion picture sound editing, primarily at Skywalker Sound in Northern California. As Supervising Sound Editor of such films as Saving Private Ryan, Fight Club, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Backdraft, A River Runs Through It, Jumanji, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, War Horse, Lincoln and All is Lost among others, Hymns established and continues a formidable career predicated on building authenticity and subtlety of sound in service of a director’s storytelling vision. From the roar of weaponry to the quiet splash of a fly-fishing lure upon rushing water, a commitment to creative quality is a hallmark of his work.

Hymns has worked with directors Steven Spielberg, Robert Redford, Francis Ford Coppola, James Cameron, David Fincher, Ang Lee, David Lynch, Tim Burton, Roman Polanski, Ron Howard, George Lucas, Chris Columbus, J.C. Chandor, Robert Townsend, Tony Richardson, Alan Parker, Joe Johnston, Brad Silberling, Philip Kaufman and Kevin Smith among others.

He has won three Academy Awards from a total of nine nominations, four Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE) Golden Reel Awards and a BAFTA Award.