Randy Thom is the Director of Sound Design at Skywalker Sound (a position that was previously held by Gary Rydstrom under the title, Director of Creative Operations). He is most famous for having won 2 Oscars and doing sound design and mixing for such films as Ratatouille, Contact, Forrest Gump, Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom. This year will have his sound design work on the upcoming Coraline.
He is also very eloquent when it comes to talking about his craft, which makes it always a delight to read his words.
Following is an e-mail Randy recently sent to his colleagues, which I think is very interesting.