Acord, a 1994 College of Arts and Sciences alumnus, has been making a splash in
the new blockbuster Star Wars: The Force
Awakens, not only for his Oscar-nominated sound editing of the film but
also as the voice of the stormtrooper who fights the “traitor” Finn.
(Wilmington) News Journal on Sunday, Jan. 21, in an article written by
reporter Ryan Cormier, CAS ’00.
In talking about the University, Acord singled
out Thomas Leitch, professor of English who specializes in film studies, for
his helpful discussions and advice about the industry.
The story traces
Acord’s career in the movie business, which began after graduation with an
internship in the art department of a Philadelphia film company and led to his
current job at LucasFilm’s Skywalker Sound.
Over the past
15 years there, he has done sound editing for other Star Wars films, working at LucasFilm’s Skywalker Ranch, which he
describes to Cormier as an “idyllic” workplace.
In The Force Awakens
, Acord provides the
voice of two characters, including the fighting stormtrooper who has been
singled out as a star by many fans on social media. He and
colleague Matthew Wood have been nominated for an Academy Award for their sound
editing, one of five nominations the film received.
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