Michael Wolf Snyder Dies: Sound Mixer for ‘Nomadland’ was 35

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Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Alexandra Del Rosario on March 6, 2021.

Michael Wolf Snyder, the production sound mixer for a number of film titles, including Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland and The Rider, has died by suicide, according to a Facebook post from his aunt. He was 35.

Snyder’s aunt, Cathy Snyder, shared a post from the sound mixer’s father, David Snyder, in which he details finding his son’s body in his Queens, New York home. …

Snyder, who detailed his son’s death in “the hope that it could help others,” added that his son seemed “especially joyful and invigorated” upon returning to work on a number of film projects. Unfortunately, Michael died before the Golden Globe Awards on February 28, David Snyder added. At the 78th annual ceremony, Zhao’s Nomadland took home the best director and best drama motion picture prizes. …

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Michael Wolf Snyder, ‘Nomadland’ Production Sound Mixer, Dies at 35

Reprinted from The Hollywood Reporter by Trilby Beresford on March 6, 2021.

… Of Michael’s career, [David] Synder shared, “We have always known how much Wolf loved his work in film; it was the brightest spot in his life.” This year, Michael was nominated for best sound/effects at the CinEuphoria awards for Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland. His additional credits in the sound department include Zhao’s The Rider, mini-series HodoBuzz and Good Omens, and numerous short films. On set over the last decade, his roles ranged from sound mixer to boom operator, location sound recordist and sound director.

In sharing the circumstances of his son’s death, Synder, a psychiatrist, urged others struggling with depression to seek support. “I hope that the shocking nature of Michael’s death will alert others to speak up, risk being vulnerable, and seek the help that they need,” he wrote.

Among many tributes on Facebook, actor Yuval Davis wrote, “Michael Wolf Snyder was the super-cool award-winning sound mixer who recorded on set audio for the latest feature film I directed. His tragic loss is painfully heard.” Filmmaker Craig Blair remembered Snyder as a “wonderful friend & talented collaborator,” writing on Facebook that he “embodied everything that I love about filmmaking and the community that he was and will always be a part of.” …

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