Star Wars sound editor slated for CayFilm

Star Wars sounded editor Ben Burtt is slated to appear at this year's Cayman International Film Festival.

The creator of some of the most iconic sounds in film – from the raspy breathing of Darth Vader to the beeps and boops of R2-D2 – will be among the movie industry experts at the Cayman International Film Festival over the July 4 weekend.

Few may immediately know the name Ben Burtt, but most will be familiar with his most famous creations. Lauded for his work on the original “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” trilogies, the Oscar winning sound-designer has had a 40-year career in film and also worked on “ET” and “Wall-E.”

He famously created the heavy breathing of “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader by feeding his own breathing through a microphone placed in a scuba regulator. CayFilm festival director Tony Mark said the event was not just about attracting star names but also technical experts who could share their knowledge and experience.

“Anyone who is familiar with the film industry and sound design will appreciate what a coup it is for us to have confirmed Ben Burtt for CayFilm 2016,” he said.

“He is considered the top in his field by most people in the business and his presence alone will attract visitors to Cayman.

“We are so excited for our local filmmakers who will have the opportunity to learn from Ben’s experiences, especially a few young Caymanians I know who are looking to break into the sound design scene. His work spans generations and he will definitely inspire them.”

CayFilm takes place from July 1 to July 4.