Production mixer David Macmillan will be honored by the Cinema Audio Society at its 51st CAS Awards, on Feb. 14, with the organization’s highest accolade, the CAS Career Achievement Award. The ceremony will take place at the Millennium-Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.
MacMillan has won three Oscars for best sound — for 1983’s The Right Stuff, 1994’s Speed and 1995’s Apollo 13.
“David represents the high standards we all aspire to, as a sound mixer, a mentor and an educator,” said CAS president David E. Fluhr in announcing Macmillan’s selection by the CAS board of directors. “David received the first of his Oscars 30 years ago — as a mixer he, obviously, has the right stuff!”??
Born in Northern Ireland, Macmillan began his career in sound more than 50 years ago in Canada, where he served an apprenticeship with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a three-year program he completed in just a little more than one year. By the age of 24 he was recording series television, news and documentaries. In the summer of 1968, Macmillan traveled to California to record three documentaries, meeting filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, whose film studio, American Zoetrope, was being built in San Francisco. Coppola hired him to wire and run the company’s mixing facility.
After three years at American Zoetrope as its in-house dubbing mixer, Macmillan chose to go back into production sound. With experience in both post and production sound, he became one of the top production mixers in the entertainment industry. In 1984, his work on The Right Stuff earned him the first of three Academy Awards. Macmillan now has more that 80 feature films to his credit and won a CAS Award in 1996 for Apollo 13. In television, he has been recognized with both a CAS and Emmy nomination for HBO’s Game Change.
For the past five years Macmillan has been teaching at UCLA, USC, Chapman University and Loyola Marymount University. He is a member of the Cinema Audio Society, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.