‘Despicable Me 2’ Hits Theaters, Features Audio Work of Grads Gary Rizzo and Paul Tirone

Hordes of chaotic yellow minions, their leader (evil-mastermind-turned-good-guy, Gru), and his three irrepressible orphan girls, are back this week with the release of Despicable Me 2 on July 3.

Starring Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, and Benjamin Bratt, Despicable Me 2 continues the story of inventor Gru, now searching for a way to support his family after swearing off his life of crime. He gets his answer after being recruited by the Anti-Villain League, a secret organization that needs him to stop an evil villain, equally as skilled as Gru.

Two Full Sail Recording Arts graduates helped to create the sound for the action-packed 3D animation – Oscar-winner and re-recording mixer Gary Rizzo and sound recordist Paul Tirone.

As a re-recording mixer, Rizzo works to give each film its own distinct personality by combining the dialog, sound effects, and music into a cohesive soundtrack. Rizzo’s career spans two decades, and his credits include now-classic films like TRON: Legacy, The Incredibles, How to Train Your Dragon, Inception (for which he won an Oscar), Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises.

Tirone, a 2005 Full Sail graduate, has worked as a sound re-recordist and ADR recordist on box office hits like World War Z and Star Trek Into Darkness, as well as on a host of television series, including Game of Thrones, Law & Order, Gossip Girl, and Boardwalk Empire.