September 7, 2019


From 1968 to 2012, Sound One grew from a solo operation run by Elisha Birnbaum a foley artist and sound editor recent emigrated from Israel to become the most successful post-production sound and editing facility on the East Coast. Inhabiting seven floors of the famed Brill Building and commanding at least 85% of post-production business in New York, Sound One housed 150 edit suites and over 300 clients and staff at its apex. As its reputation grew, it became the go-to post-production home for such filmmakers as Sidney Lumet, Arthur Penn, George Roy Hill, Jonathan Demme, Woody Allen, and Martin Scorsese and through its constant support of independents, helped launch the careers of  filmmakers like the Alan Pakula, Spike Lee, The Coen Brothers, M. Night Shyamalan, Michael Moore and Ken Burns and countless post-production professionals generating some of cinemas most important films. 

The Beginning tells the story of how Sound One answered a need for local sound stages in the early 1970's  New York film industry and redefined the post-production community in the process.

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