Sound Editor and Musician Frank Serafine Dies at 65

Sound Editor and Designer of Star Trek and TRON Has Passed Away

Frank Serafine, sound editor and designer of movies such as Star Trek and TRON, passed away on Wednesday. He was 65 years old. Reports say that he was struck by a motorist on Palmdale Boulevard in California. Serafine died at the scene as a result of head and other bodily injuries. The driver of the other vehicle did not sustain any injuries. He was, however, taken to the hospital for a blood test for alcohol and drug usage.

Serafine was known for his sound editing, design, and composing. His work appeared in several movies, T.V. shows, shorts, and commercials. Some of his most well-known work includes Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), TRON (1982), Star Trek III (1984), and Field of Dreams (1989). Serafine also did work with video game projects. One of these projects includes the original Grand Theft Auto.

Serefine’s History

Serafine with fellow sound editor Laurent Bassett (L) working on TRON in 1982

Serafine’s work began in the late 1970s. His first major job was to play at the grand opening of Space Mountain in Disneyland as a musician in 1977. Along with his band, he played every single night for seven days, performing a jazz version of The Planets by Holst. 

Star Trek: The Motion Picture helped launch Serafine’s career in sound engineering. From there he worked on The Fog, TRON, Brainstorm, Short Circuit, Pumpkinhead, and The Addams Family. As a musician, Serafine worked with music artists such as Ravi Shankar, George Harrison, and Peter Gabriel. 

Serafine had been studying the way sound affects the human brain for several years. He took this knowledge to create the sounds he used in his numerous projects. “I love to sit in the theater during my films to just watch and observe how sound triggers the emotional responses and physiologically effects to our listening audience,” Serafine said on his official website.

A talented individual of Serafine’s caliber will be missed. Our sincere condolences go out to Serafine’s family and friends during this time.



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