The Sound of Disney’s “Maleficent”: Go Behind the Scenes with Post-Production Pros in SoundWorks Collection’s New Video

Featuring exclusive interviews with the most contemporary professional sound designers, composers and other post-production pros in the film industry, SoundWorks Collection’s latest video profiles Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer Tim Nielsen of Skywalker Sound about his work on Director Robert Stromberg’s Maleficent.

Movie Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Sound Studio: Skywalker Sound
Director: Robert Stromberg
Original Music: James Newton Howard


Robert Stromberg’s Maleficent stars Angelina Jolie stars as the title character, who, as a teenager, is a powerful and respected winged fairy helping to rule a magical land full of strange creatures. Her homeland borders a country that is populated by humans and run by the cruel King Henry (Kenneth Cranham). One day, Henry’s son Stefan (Jackson Bews) traipses into the fairy’s land and meets Maleficent, causing the two crazy teens to fall into forbidden love. Year later, Henry seeks to take over the magical land next to his kingdom, but is thwarted in battle by Maleficent. He demands revenge, and eventually his now-grown son Stefan (played as an adult by Sharlto Copley) succeeds by betraying the fairy and clipping her wings. In response, an infuriated Maleficent swears revenge on Stefan; she gets her chance when the prince becomes king and has his first child, a daughter named Aurora (Elle Fanning) — as Sleeping Beauty fans will remember, Maleficent curses her to fall into a death-like sleep after pricking her finger on a spinning wheel on her 16th birthday. Stefan demands that all of the spinning wheels be collected, and orders his daughter to be secretly raised in the woods by three good-hearted but dim-witted fairies, who will return her to him the day after her 16th birthday. However, Maleficent refuses to stay away from Aurora and ends up developing maternal feelings for the girl, eventually inspiring her to try to undo the curse she placed upon the princess.

Sound Credits

Kevin Bolen Assistant Re Recording Mixer
Enda Callan Boom Operator: Additional Photography
Frank E. Eulner Supervising Sound Editor
Steve Finn Boom Operator
Ryan J. Frias Digital Editorial Support
Nick Kray Adr Mixer
Scott Levine Digital Editorial Services
Chris Munro Sound Mixer
Paul Munro Production Sound Mixer (Second Unit)
Timothy Nielsen Sound Designer And Supervising Sound Editor
Barry O’Sullivan Production Sound Mixer: Additional Photography
David Parker Sound Re Recording Mixer
David Peifer Digital Editorial Services
Gary Rizzo Sound Re Recording Mixer
Brad Semenoff Dialogue Editor
Tristan Tarrant Boom Operator (Second Unit)
Dennie Thorpe Foley Artist
William Towers Sound Maintenance
Corey Tyler Foley Mixer
Jana Vance Foley Artist


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Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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