According to Wikipedia, a sound editor is a creative professional responsible for selecting and assembling sound recordings in preparation for the final sound mixing or mastering of a television program, motion picture, video game, or any production involving recorded or synthetic sound.

And anyone who’s watched “La La Land”, a musical set in Los Angeles, will probably agree it was a good representation of really competent sound editing.

So, it came as no surprise when “La La Land” was nominated for best sound editing, among a host of other awards, at the upcoming Oscars.

Photo from La La Land's official Facebook page
Photo from La La Land’s official Facebook page

Now here’s something that’ll make you love the show more:

Well, one of those responsible for the movie’s sound editing is Ai-Ling Lee, a Singaporean.

Not only is she the first Singaporean to be nominated for that award, she is also the first Asian.

For “La La Land”, Lee and the other half of her sound editing team, Mildred Iatrou Morgan, went for a layered soundscape that was both lyrical and modern.

Leaving Singapore

Lee started her career working in small studios in Singapore before making the leap to Los Angeles to work on films.

And her career has been nothing short of spectacular.

In the last 5 years alone, she has worked on “Man of Steel”, “Godzilla”, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, and many more.

Her most recent stint as sound designer was for “Deadpool”.

She will also be up for an Oscar for Best Sound Mixing.


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H/T: Variety
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