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WCA #393 with Leff Lefferts – The World of Film Sound, Working with Randy Thom, Telling Stories, Planning Your Life, Financial Security, and ATMOS

My guest is Leff Lefferts making a return to WCA after his first appearance on WCA #101. Leff comes from a music recording background but has worked in film sound for the last 16 years at Skywalker Sound. He’s worked as a Sound Effects Editor, Sound Editor, Supervising Sound Editor, Sound Designer, and Re-Recording Mixer on various movies, including, The Croods: A New Age, The Revenant, The Peanuts Movie, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and many more. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Randy Thom
  • Skywalker Sound
  • Telling Stories
  • Roles in Film Sound
  • Technology Changes 
  • Content on Streaming Services
  • Planning Your Life
  • Music Industry vs Film Industry
  • Watching the Credits
  • Making Records for Enjoyment
  • Financial Security
  • UA Plugins
  • Early Days of Pro Tools
  • Bay Area Pro Audio Lore

Matt’s Rant: Being Proactive

Links and Show Notes


  • Guest: Leff Lefferts
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith