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School of Cinematic Arts Directory Profile

Directory Profile

Midge Costin, M.A.

Professor of Cinematic Arts
Kay Rose Endowed Chair in the Art of Sound and Dialogue Editing

Affiliated Divisions:

Division of Film & Television Production

Work Phone: 213.740.3975
Office: LPB G118

Midge Costin produced and directed the award-winning feature documentary Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound which had its world premiere at Tribeca Film Festival and its international premiere at Cannes Film Fetival in 2019.  She was nominated for Best First Time Director by Critics Choice Documentary Awards and the film received multiple awards and nominations including ACE (American Cinema Editors), MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors), Cinema Eye, and won the CAS (Cinema Audio Society) for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing.

Costin has been a feature film sound editor in Hollywood, having worked at every major studio. She has collaborated on the soundtracks for filmmakers such as John Waters (Crybaby), David Wolper (Imagine: John Lennon), Kenneth Branagh (Dead Again), Tony Scott (Crimson Tide) and Jerry Bruckheimer (The Rock). Two of the films, Crimson Tide and Armageddon, for which she edited effects and dialogue, received Academy Award nominations for Sound Editing. 

Several of the films Costin has sound edited have received nominations for the Motion Picture Sound Editors' Golden Reel Award. Crimson Tide won for Best Feature Film Sound Editing. 

Costin worked her way up to editing sound on action adventure films at a time when very few women were cutting Fx in Hollywood (a situation which unfortunately has not changed significantly).  She is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, a past Board member of the MPSE, and a long-standing member of the Editors Guild.

Her avocation as a surf kayaker earned her a spot on the U.S. Surf Kayaking Team in 2005, the winner of the World Championship in Costa Rica. In 2007, the team took fifth place in Spain.  Costin is also an avid sailor.