Roger Savage

Roger started his career working at Olympic Studios in the 1960s, recording the Rolling Stones’ first hit record and working with other artists of the era.

He came to Australia in 1964 and recorded many local hits for the Easybeats, Masters Apprentices, John Farnham, Daddy Cool and many more at Bill Armstrong’s studios in South Melbourne. As Director of Audio, he supervised the move to the Bank Street building which went on to become AAV.

He mixed his first feature film in 1979 – the first Mad Max film – which led to The Road Warrior (Mad Max II) which was Australia’s first Dolby Stereo soundtrack sound design. This got the attention of Ben Burtt and George Lucas, who invited him to co-mix The Return of The Jedi.

On his return to Australia in 1983 he started Soundfirm, which has been responsible for some of Australia’s most celebrated films. Crocodile Dundee, Babe, Strictly Ballroom, Muriel’s Wedding, Shine, Romeo & Juliet, Moulin Rouge – the list goes on.

Soundfirm China opened in Beijing in 2003, the first private company to hold a film licence in China.

Roger’s innovative nature and his interest in developing technology which improves the status quo, has meant that Soundfirm has always been on the cutting edge of technology.

For his leadership, achievement & service to the industry Roger was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian Government in 2001 and Film Victoria’s John Howie Award in 2013. He has many awards as a Sound Mixer including an Oscar® nomination, 5 BAFTA nominations for 2 wins, 21 AFI nominations for 11 wins, including the inaugural Byron Kennedy Award and many more.

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