Jim Nelson, the veteran sound editor and post production guru who helped put together Industrial Light & Magic for George Lucas to create the original Star Wars, has died. He was 81.
Hollywood Reporter write:
Nelson, whose real name was James M. Falkinburg, died June 18, his family announced in a paid obituary in the Los Angeles Times. No other details about his death were immediately available.
Since beginning his industry career at age 17, Nelson worked on 21 films, 38 TV series – worth more than 1,700 episodes – and many telefilms, documentaries and specials.
He served as a sound editor or effects man on Rock Around the Clock (1956), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965), Head (1968), The Last Picture Show (1971), Two-Lane Blacktop (1971), Lucas' American Graffiti (1973), The Exorcist (1973) and Badlands (1973), and he was an associate producer and unit production manager on The China Syndrome (1979).
"George brought in people meant to crack the whip. Whether they felt like they succeeded or not, I don't know. They wanted to go from zero to 60 in 1.2 seconds, and that wasn't in the cards. Jim Nelson buffered the whip cracking, and we all thank him for that," Dykstra said in a 2013 interview.
Nelson co-founded Edit-Rite, the premier postproduction facility of its time, in 1965. Seven years later, he launched James Nelson Enterprises and expanded into the production of features. In 1984, he helped Edlund found Boss Films and served as a vp and consultant.
His father, Sam Nelson, was an actor and director, and his brother is director Gary Nelson (Freaky Friday).
Survivors also include his wife of 36 years, Barbara; daughters Kimberley and Leslie; grandchildren James and Nicole; and great-grandson Jaden.
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