I was first exposed to the work of today’s interview subject, sound designer Russell Williams II, when I saw the 1986 Cannon version of Invaders From Mars on WPIX, New York’s Movie Station, in the 1990s. Upon revisiting that movie as an adult, I could better appreciate what Russell was able to do considering Cannon’s stinginess.
It takes a lot to make a movie. It’s not just the acting talents, directors and screenwriters who make a movie what it is. It’s the technical personnel as well. Whether it’s an editor, a sound man, a make-up artist or a set designer, a lot goes into making a movie. I recently had the opportunity to speak to three-time Oscar-winning sound man Michael Minkler about some of the highlights of his career. Let’s Flashback again with an Oscar winner. Say hello to Michael Minkler!