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Occupation
  
Sound engineer

Years active
  
1973-present


Name
  
Mark Berger

Role
  
Sound engineer

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Born
  
May 14, 1943 (age 80) (
1943-05-14
)
San Francisco, California, United States

Awards
  
Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing, BAFTA Award for Best Sound

Nominations
  
Genie Award for Best Achievement in Overall Sound

Similar People
  
Chris Newman, Walter Murch, Richard Beggs, Todd Boekelheide, Patrizia von Brandenstein

Mark Berger (born May 14, 1943) is an American sound engineer. He has won four Academy Awards for Best Sound. He holds the Academy Award record for "perfect score" with 4 nominations and 4 wins. He is best known for his work on The Godfather: Part II (1974), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) and Apocalypse Now (1979). He has worked on more than 170 films since 1973.

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Background

Berger studied experimental psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He took part in the recording of some documentaries for radio about the opposition to Vietnam. Through this work, he got a job in the South focused on the civil rights of workers. He spend nine months in New Orleans making the film. When he returned to Berkeley, he started to realize that his filming experience was more interesting than his studies and he found a job recording sound for a documentary on the programs of the U.S. Agency for International Development [USAID]. He visited 11 countries in the course of 7 days.

Career beginnings

After Berger worked on the documentary The Place for No Story, Walter Murch noticed him. Murch was an editor and sound mixer who had been working with George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola. He tried to recruit Berger for Coppola’s new film – The Conversation – but Berger was committed to a trip to Cuba to interview Fidel Castro. When Berger returned and got in touch with Murch he was offered the job of working on The Godfather, Part II. This was his first job in feature film.

Teaching

Berger created, and has been teaching the “Film 140: The Sound of Film” course at UC Berkeley in their undergraduate program since the year 2000.

Family

Berger is married to Berkeley City Council member Susan Wengraf.

Selected filmography

  • Apocalypse Now (1979)
  • The Right Stuff (1983)
  • Amadeus (1984)
  • The English Patient (1996)
  • References

    Mark Berger (sound engineer) Wikipedia


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