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Birthday of Swedish Sound Maestro Per Hallberg

By: Anders Frejdh
Per Hallberg supervising sound editor
Birthday of Per Hallberg, one of many talented Swedes in Hollywood with James Bond connection, who received an Academy Award (his third) for his work as supervising sound editor on SKYFALL at the ceremony in February 2013. During our James Bond festival in Stockholm Per announced that he wass also going to work on SPECTRE, the 24th Bond film that premiered at cinemas in October 2015.

With this page, From Sweden with Love celebrates the Swedish sound maestro who recently took part in Variety's Art of Sound series with Karen Baker Landers to meld their divergent points of view into powerful sound effects and soundscapes:

About Swedish supervising sound editor Per Hallberg

"Our job is to transport audiences into a different time and place," says Per Hallberg. "When we do our jobs well, not only do we feel like we're part of the movie but we've also helped push our emotions along the way."

A native of Sweden, Hallberg moved to the United States in his twenties. He started as an assistant and also worked in all the different disciplines of his craft including editing dialogue, sound effects, and foley. During one of his first films as supervising sound editor, Karen Baker Landers was his first assistant. They worked well together and decided to become professional partners. Hallberg and Baker Landers recently celebrated their 25th anniversary as a supervising sound editor team.

"We complement each other very nicely," Hallberg says of his partnership with Baker Landers. He adds "It's especially helpful today with time pressures and schedules constantly changing."

Hallberg and Baker Landers received Oscars for their work on Skyfall (2012) (2012) and The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). Hallberg also received an Oscar for Braveheart (shared with Lon Bender) and an Oscar nomination for Face/Off (shared with Formosa Group's Mark Stoeckinger). Hallberg has received six MPSE Golden Reel Awards (including Black Hawk Down) out of 21 nominations and three BAFTA Awards out of six nominations.

See when Per Hallberg & Karen Baker Landers received the 2013 Oscar® for Best Sound Editing:

A selection of Per Hallberg's film credits as Supervisng Sound Editor

2017: LIFE - Director: Daniel Espinosa
2017: GHOST IN THE SHELL - Director: Rupert Sanders
2016: FENCES - Director: Denzel Washington
2015: SPECTRE - Director: Sam Mendes
2015: SAN ANDREAS - Director: Brad Peyton
2015: CHILD 44 - Director: Daniel Espinosa
2013: DELIVERY MAN - Director: Ken Scott
2013: HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS - Director: Tommy Wirkola
2012: SKYFALL - Director: Sam Mendes
2012:THE BOURNE LEGACY - Director: Tony Gilroy
2012: SAFE HOUSE - Director: Daniel Espinosa
2011: GREEN LANTERN - Director: Martin Campbell
2009: G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA - Director: Stephen Sommers
2008: EAGLE EYE - Director: D.J. Caruso
2007: AMERICAN GANGSTER - Director: Ridley Scott
2007: THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM - Director: Paul Greengrass
2007: FREEDOM WRITERS - Director: Richard LaGravenese
2004: RAY - Director: Taylor Hackford
2004: THE BOURNE SUPREMACY - Director: Paul Greengrass
2003: SEABISCUIT - Director: Gary Ross
2002: THE BOURNE IDENTITY - Director: Doug Liman
2001: BLACK HAWK DOWN - Director: Ridley Scott
2000: THE PATRIOT - Director: Roland Emmerich
2000: GLADIATOR - Director: Ridley Scott
1999: TARZAN - Director: Chris Buck, Kevin Lima
1998: GODZILLA - Director: Roland Emmerich
1998: DANGEROUS BEAUTY - Director: Marshall Herskovitz
1997: THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE - Director: Taylor Hackford
1997: FACE/OFF - Director: John Woo
1996: COURAGE UNDER FIRE - Director: Edward Zwick
1995: HEAT - Director: Michael Mann
1995: BRAVEHEART - Director: Mel Gibson
1994: LEGENDS OF THE FALL - Director: Edward Zwick

Editor's note:
In February 2014, FSWL (Anders Frejdh & Greg Bechtloff) did a long interview with Per Hallberg. The article will be published at a later date.

Photo above:
Per Hallberg in his Hollywood studio. Photo by Anders Frejdh. © 2014 From Sweden with Love.

Read more about Per Hallberg's career in films on IMDB.



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