'Top Gun' Sound Pro to Receive Career Achievement Honor

Top Gun - PHOTOFEST - H 2017
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Sound designer and sound recordist John Paul Fasal, who recorded and designed many of the jet aircraft sound effects in Top Gun, will receive the Motion Picture Sound Editors' Career Achievement Award on Feb. 18 at the MPSE Golden Reel Awards.

A 30-year veteran of the sound industry, his credits also include Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Inception, Interstellar, The Dark Knight, American Sniper and most recently Dunkirk.

"John is a master of his craft, an innovator who has pioneered many new recording techniques, and a restless, creative spirit who will stop at nothing to capture the next great sound," MPSE president Tom McCarthy said. "He is also an exceptional professional who enjoys the esteem of his colleagues in the sound world and filmmakers worldwide. We take pride in presenting him with this unique honor."

Fasal began his career as a musician and songwriter but gravitated toward postproduction sound during the '80s. He has worked as a sound designer and recordist throughout his career, but in recent years has increasingly focused on field recording. He enjoys especially capturing the sounds of planes, ships, automobiles and military weaponry.