In a message via Facebook on Friday, David Snyder wrote that his son Michael took his own life.
Michael Wolf Snyder, a production sound mixer at Nomadland, has died. He was 35 years old.
Snyder’s aunt, Cathy, shared a Facebook message from her brother David, Michael’s father, confirming the death of their son. In the post, Snyder wrote that Michael took his own life last week and suffered from depression for many years.
The message read, in part, “Michael took his own life sometime in the last week and was not discovered until I went to see how he was doing on Monday after he had lost contact for several days. He has suffered from major depression for several days. many days. years. For most people, this is a disease that waxes and wanes over the years. I’m sure Michael found it difficult to spend most of the last year alone in his little Queens apartment, being responsible dealing with the coronavirus. Despite this, we all believed he was doing well, and for most of the past year I think he was. He seemed especially cheerful and invigorated in recent months as he was able to go back to work in several different film projects … He was certainly delighted with all the praise from Nomadland and he told us so many happy stories about his work on the film and the amazing people he spent time with. “
On Michael’s career, Synder shared: “We’ve always known how much Wolf loved his movie work; it was the brightest place 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 horseman, mini series Hodobuzz Y Good omensand numerous short films. On set for the past decade, their roles ranged from sound mixer to boom operator, location sound recorder, and sound director.
By 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 seeking the help they need,” he wrote.
Searchlight Pictures shared the following statement with The Hollywood Reporter Saturday night: “We extend our condolences to Wolf’s family and to our friends, the company of Nomadland “.
Meanwhile, the producers said in a joint statement: “While our hearts break at the loss of Wolf, we hope it is a comfort to know that his spirit will live forever in every laugh he recorded, in every breeze and every gallop of a horse. part of our little film family and his kind soul touched us all. Wolf really brought our film to life. We send our condolences to his family on behalf of the entire Nomadland business. See you on the road, sweet friend. “
Nomadland Star Frances McDormand shared in a short statement: “Wolf recorded our heartbeats. Nomadland. “
Zhao wrote a tribute to Snyder in which he recalled their dynamic together on set. “In The horseman Y Nomadland“I always looked at Wolf after every take,” he wrote. “I wasn’t wearing headphones on set, so I relied heavily on Wolf to be my ears. I would nod with a happy smile or tears in my eyes, or occasionally discreetly point to ‘one more.’ The horseman, Wolf suggested an idea that we later assumed Nomadland – Record the tones of the room more than necessary as an opportunity to experience silence. After rushing to each location, we sit together, quietly, tune in, listen to, and honor the world around us and each other. I will always miss him. He would always be with me on set, after every take and in the silence of every tone in the room. See you on the road, my friend. “
The very united Nomadland The Hollywood production team and sound community were also saddened and in shock on Saturday. “His work is what makes the movie sound so beautiful,” NomadlandSupervising sound editor and re-recording mixer, Zach Seivers, said THR. “He captured the performances and every emotion. Not only did he record the dialogue excellently, but he also recorded additional sounds. He saw himself as a storyteller. He took the time to get away from the team and record the atmosphere and elements. texture “.
Seivers continued, recalling items on set like geese in Northern California and how Snyder responded to them. “It’s very unusual to capture the essence of the location … It gave the kind of authenticity to the film that Chloe envisioned,” he said.
This was the first time Seivers and Snyder had worked together, and Seivers remembered his colleague as a “lovely and cheerful person, and our friendship was just beginning.” Seivers added: “He has so much that he gave. I really wanted to continue building that relationship with him and the work ahead of him. I am very sad and sorry for the loss of his family.”
Production sound mixer Don Hale, who did not work on Nomadland but he was a friend and colleague of Synder, he also shared a memory with THR. “When something like this happens, it touches the hearts of each one of us,” he said, urging anyone with feelings like depression to reach out to their friends and colleagues. Hale remembers Snyder as a very creative person, full of energy and enthusiasm and passionate about his work. “He really loved working on [Nomadland]. There were so many elements that I enjoyed the outdoors, the freedom. [He said] It was a great experience and I was so happy to be a part of it. “
Among the many tributes on Facebook, actor Yuval Davis wrote: “Michael Wolf Snyder was the super cool, award-winning sound mixer who recorded the audio on set for the last feature I directed. His tragic loss is sorely heard.” Filmmaker Craig Blair remembered Snyder as a “wonderful friend and talented collaborator,” writing on Facebook that he “embodied everything I love about film and the community he was and will always be a part of.”
9:09 pm: Updated with statements from Seivers and Hale.
10:43 pm: Updated with Searchlight statements, Nomadland film producers, McDormand and Zhao.