Bethany Sparks records sound wherever she goes and always carries a microphone. She has been Sound Supervisor at the University of Southern California’s John C. Hench Division of Animation and Digital Arts since 2006. Bethany studied acting and technical theater at Stevenson University and then she received her MFA in Cinematic Arts from USC in 2009. She is currently an independent sound designer and educator.
Films Bethany has independently sound designed have been nominated for awards including: My Mother’s Prelude, a finalist in 2010 for the 37th Annual Student Academy Awards; Libangbang, nominated for Best Sound Design at the 2010 URA Maverick Movie Awards, winner of Best Animation in the 2010 International Film Festival Ireland, and a Semi-Finalist for the Adobe Achievement Award; Mafioso, an Aloha Accolade Winner for Animation in the 2011 Honolulu Film Awards, and In Between Shadows, a finalist in the alternative category of the 39th Annual Student Academy Awards in 2012.
Bethany has worked on independent feature films and interactive sound design as well including an XBOX indie game called For the Moon King by Brutal Pixel, and a horror/mystery feature film to be released in 2013 entitled,Daylight, as well as several others.
She is also a member of the National Association for Interpretation (a professional association for those involved in the interpretation of natural and cultural heritage resources), interpreting wildlife and ecology information for patrons and state and national parks around the United States.
Bethany’s current projects combine nature interpretation with interactivity to provide rich landscapes for new exploratory experiences.