‘Star Wars’ sound designers reveal the secret sounds used to bring BB-8


When a 16-year-old Matthew Wood applied for a job as a quality assurance technician in February of 1990, he had a suspicion who he might be working for. But he wasn’t sure he was qualified.

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Outside of playing a ton of video games, he had zero work experience and had never created a resume.

“I asked my dad, ‘What else should I put on my resume?’” Wood told ABC News. “He said, ‘Put some special facts about yourself.’ And I said, ‘Special Facts: In excellent health, living with parents.’”

Wood faxed his resume to a number in Nicasio, California, which a little sleuthing told him was either a dairy farm or — more likely — Skywalker Ranch, the mythical filmmaking campus owned by “Star Wars” creator George Lucas.

“Somehow, they called me back,” he said.

Twenty-eight years later, Wood still drives the winding ranch roads, past vineyards and a pond dubbed “Lake Ewok” to reach his office. Since starting as a video game tester, he’s now worked his way up to supervising sound editor at Skywalker Sound, the cutting-edge production company where hundreds of filmmakers come every year to edit and polish the soundtracks of their movies.

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