Faculty / School of Media, Culture & Design

Fred Schultz

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Filmmaking


Fred Schultz is an Emmy-awarded production sound mixer who began his film sound career on “Nashville,” transferring Robert Altman’s pioneering multi-track production audio for dailies. He’s been the production mixer for theatrical features, television series, movies, miniseries, commercials, documentaries, and daily live-to-web broadcasts. His body of work has taken him around the globe, and along the way he has included a handful of shows that went on to become cultural touchstones.

In the ‘90s he was recruited out of film into a tech startup that became a central contributor in the creation of today’s file-based digital technologies and workflows. During these growth and mergers, Fred developed and guided key products, educated the broadcasting and of film industries with his white papers and SMPTE Journal articles, and created an award-winning automation system for TV newsrooms that he envisioned and brought to market.

After a decade and a half in the tech space, Fred grew tired of corporate politics. In 2010, he returned to the film industry and to production sound mixing.

Fred’s education includes a BS from LSU and a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Vanderbilt University, but his graduation coincided with the Vietnam War’s collapsing academic job market. Instead, he entered the workforce mixing live rock concerts, which led to a year on the road mixing Johnny Cash. Today, Fred is a member of the Cinema Audio Society and of IATSE Local 695, and when not mixing, he teaches university classes in Film Sound

Education

Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, Nashville.
BS, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge;