David Macmillan has mixed sound for more than 45 years. He served an apprenticeship with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, a three-year program he completed in just a little more than a year. By the age of 24 he was recording series TV, news and documentaries. In the summer of 1968, he recorded two documentaries, one in the San Francisco and one Napa Valley. He left the CBC in December 1968, and was fortunate to meet filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, whose film studio, American Zoetrope, was being built in San Francisco at the time. Coppola asked Macmillan to install the company’s mixing facility.
After three years with American Zoetrope as the in-house dubbing mixer, Macmillan chose to get back into production sound. With experience in both post and production sound he was able to become one of the top production mixers in the entertainment industry.
His work on The Right Stuff earned him the first of three Academy Awards, in 1984. He moved to Los Angeles the following year to accommodate all the work that was coming his way.
Today, Macmillan has more than 80 feature films to his credit, including Speed, for which he won his second Oscar, in 1995, Apollo 13 (his third Oscar, in 1996) and Twilight. For the past five years he has been giving master classes and sound workshops at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, USC, Chapman University and Loyola Marymount University. He has also given his master classes at Targawa Film Festival in Lodz, Poland; the Transatlantic Film and Music Festival in Poznan, Poland; and FEST in Espinho, Portugal. He has also conducted two-day sound mixing workshops in England and Norway.
Macmillan is a member of the Cinema Audio Society and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.