MICHAEL BENAVENTE
Supervising Sound Editor

Home Town: Westminster, CA
First Concert: Three Dog Night and Byrds
Bio

“I enjoy working with directors who realize how important sound can be to their audience’s ultimate experience in the theater. When a director feels the same joy as I do from a creative sound choice that works well, I know I’ve done my job…and that’s the ultimate satisfaction.” Shortly after graduating from UCLA’s Film School, Benavente began working as an assistant sound editor in television. His first big screen credit arrived in 1984 via the raucous comedy D.C. Cab. He longed to work on feature films, and was fortunate enough to be hired by preeminent sound supervisors Mark Mangini, Stephen Flick, and Richard Anderson as their assistant. Benavente learned the craft and quickly rose through the ranks. In 1998, he received his first Supervising Sound Editor credits on the Fox releases Doctor Dolittle and There’s Something About Mary.Benavente has supervised the sound on over 50 films, working with such diverse filmmakers as Phillip Noyce, Paul Verhoeven, Richard Linklater, Betty Thomas, Albert Brooks, Bennett Miller, Zach Braff, and Ivan Reitman. He is also highly regarded as one of the best Dialogue & ADR Supervisors in the industry. In 2015, he was awarded the Emmy for Best Sound Editing for a Movie for Television for the History Channel’s “Houdini.”


Features
Select Credits

Supervising Sound Editor Bill Gates Davis Guggenheim Netflix
Supervising ADR Editor The War with Grandpa Tim Hill Dimension Films
Supervising Sound Editor Nappily Ever After Haifaa Al-Mansour Netflix
Supervising Sound Editor Molly’s Game Aaron Sorkin STX Entertainment
Supervising Sound Editor Above Suspicion Phillip Noyce Bold Films
Select Awards / Nominations

Emmy Award Winner Houdini Outstanding Sound Editing For A Limited Series, Movie Or A Special

Golden Reel Nominee Moneyball Best Sound Editing, Dialogue And ADR

Golden Reel Nominee Surf’s up Best Sound Editing, Animation Feature

Broadcast
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Supervising Sound Editor BLACK MONDAY Showtime
Supervising Sound Editor HOUDINI History Channel
Supervising Sound Editor THE BIG C Pilo/Showtime
Supervising Sound Editor PAN AM Pilot/ABC
Supervising Sound Editor MR. SUNSHINE Pilot/ABC