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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 is the Kay Rose Professor in the Art of Dialogue & Sound Editing. She is the first to hold this endowed chair, which was given by George Lucas in 2005 and has been Head of Sound at SCA since 2000.

For 20 years, Costin has been a feature film sound editor in Hollywood, having worked at every major studio. Costin 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 has not changed significantly).  She is a past Board member of the MPSE and is a long-standing member of the Editors Guild.

Her avocation as a surf kayaker has 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.