Award-Winning Sound Mixers Anna Behlmer and Mark Paterson Featured in 'Behind the Screen' Podcast

The pair talk about the sound business and their latest collaboration, 'Bumblebee.'
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Anna Behlmer, Mark Paterson

Two respected members of the sound community are the guests on a new episode of The Hollywood Reporter's Behind the Screen podcast series: rerecording mixers Anna Behlmer, who is the first woman nominated for an Academy Award in sound mixing and a 10-time Oscar nominee for films including Star Trek and Moulin Rouge, and Mark Paterson, an Oscar and BAFTA winner for Les Miserables, whose recent credits include Green Book.

Here, they talk about their careers in the sound industry and their latest film, Paramount’s Bumblebee, which recently reawakened the Transformers franchise.

Set in 1987, Bumblebee has a mix that includes the sounds, and classic music, of the 1980s. "We'd have people dancing in the back of the room," Paterson remembers of the mood at the mix.

The pair also emphasized that their job is all about storytelling. "Watch the screen — it tells you what it needs," Behlmer says she was advised early in her career.

Behlmer says she is seeing more women working in sound, and in supervisory roles. "It's encouraging ... now more are working as supervising sound editors and rerecording mixers. I'm very pleased by that."

Behlmer admits that during her career she has faced some discrimination, "but never from other mixers," she says, adding, "That is very important. They have always been generous and great to work with."

Hosted by THR tech editor Carolyn Giardina, this weekly podcast series turns the spotlight on acclaimed cinematographers, editors, production designers and other leading artists who take listeners behind the making of motion pictures.

Hear it all below on Behind the Screen — and be sure to subscribe to the podcast to never miss an exciting episode.