Al Nelson is a sound designer for several of the DreamWorks Dragons works.


Al Nelson is the creator of the sounds for the dragons in How to Train Your Dragon, Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon, Gift of the Night Fury, and How to Train Your Dragon 2. Each dragon has its own unique sounds which also should fit the size, gender, personality and many other properties of these special reptiles. A great challenge - especially when there are no real dragons which can be recorded. He is also known for many Pixar movies, such as Finding Nemo, Up, and many others.

For How to Train Your Dragon, he won the Golden Reel Award for the Best Sound Editing in Feature Film Animation. He was also nominated for a Golden Reel for Best Sound Editing - Direct to Video for Gift of the Night Fury.

Selected Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
1997 The Lost World: Jurassic Park Re-Recordist Film
1999 Toy Story 2 Assistant Sound Editor
2000 Mission: Impossible II Re-Recording Mixer - uncredited
2002 Lilo & Stitch
  • Sound Design Editor - uncredited
  • Sound Effects Editor
2005 Star Wars: Episode III –
Revenge of the Sith
Cinematic Sound Designer Video game
2006 Cars Assistant Sound Designer Film
Ice Age: The Meltdown Sound Effects Editor
2007 Ratatouille Foley Editor
The Simpsons Movie Sound Effects Editor
2008 WALL·E
2009 A Christmas Carol
2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians:
The Lightning Thief
Toy Story 3
2011 Mars Needs Moms
Cars 2
2012 ParaNorman Additional Sound Designer /
Editor - uncredited
2013 The Croods Additional Sound Designer
2014 Captain America:
The Winter Soldier
Sound Designer
2015 Home
Jurassic World
  • Sound Effects Recordist - uncredited
  • Supervising Sound Designer - uncredited
  • Supervising Sound Editor
2016 Alice Through the Looking
  • Supervising Sound Designer
  • Supervising Sound Editor - uncredited
2018 Jurassic World:
Fallen Kingdom
  • Supervising Sound Designer
  • Supervising Sound Editor

DreamWorks Dragons Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2010 How to Train Your Dragon Sound Designer Feature film
Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon Short film
2011 Gift of the Night Fury
Book of Dragons
2014 How to Train Your Dragon 2 Feature film
2019 How to Train Your Dragon:
The Hidden World
Feature film

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