Donald C. Rogers
Don Rogers is a past member of the Board of Governors of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and has been a business associate of Casey Williams for the past 15 years.
He retired in 1994 from his position as Senior Vice President of Post Production Services at Warner Brothers but continued to consult until 1997.
Don began his career as a rookie soundman running a playback machine on There’s No Business Like Show Business with Marilyn Monroe. He eventually worked up to boom man and was a member of the sound crew which received Oscars for The King and I and South Pacific. In 1960 he went to work for Todd-AO as a recordist. His first project was on the film Spartacus. After a six month crash course in photography, Rogers became the head of Todd-AO’s camera department. He traveled throughout the world on location with films such as The Sound of Music, The Bible and The Battle of Britain. While at Todd-AO, Rogers was involved with the development of the first lightweight 65mm production camera as well as the Todd-AO 35mm wide-scope lens system. Rogers went on to the Samuel Goldwyn Studios where he served as the director of technical operations from 1971-1992. During that period the Goldwyn sound department received 23 Academy Award nominations leading to 15 Oscars.
During his career Rogers contributed to over 1,000 motion pictures. Some of the movies he’s proudest of are Star Wars, which won an Academy Award for sound and was the first film to feature Dolby-A stereo, Top Gun and two other Oscar winners for sound, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and The Empire Strikes Back.
In 1994, Don was the recipient of the Gordon E. Sawyer Lifetime Achievement Academy Award for exceptional long-term accomplishments by an individual who has made substantial contributions toward the advancement of the science and technology of the motion picture.