F. Hudson Miller '80
2011 Alumni Award
Movies transport us from our daily lives to vivid new worlds. Few things place us in that world more concretely than the sounds that accompany the images. From galloping horses to the bone-jarring explosions, sound brings film to life. For three decades, this alumnus has enhanced cinema’s reality with innovative and award-winning sound editing.
At Grinnell this American studies major was known for increasing both the quantity and quality of the films shown on the college’s film series. After Grinnell he earned a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
He has worked on dozens of blockbusters with his work earning Academy Awards© for Best Sound Editing on The Hunt for Red October and Pearl Harbor. In 1991 he received a personal Oscar© nomination for Star Trek VI, The Undiscovered Country. His crew also received Academy Award nominations for Armageddon, Crimson Tide, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. He won the Motion Pictures Sound Editors Golden Reel Award for Crimson Tide, and has 12 other nominations, including The Chronicles of Narnia, Enemy of the State, and The Rock.
This alumnus has also been involved in an array of leadership positions in his field, including membership on the board of directors of the Motion Pictures Editors Guild and Vice President of the Motion Picture Sound Editors.
For creating new worlds through sound, Grinnell is pleased to recognize F. Hudson Miller ’80.
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