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Nomadland sound mixer Michael Wolf Snyder dies by suicide aged 35

Nomadland’s manufacturing sound mixer Michael Wolf Snyder has died by suicide aged 35 after affected by main despair for years.

Snyder was discovered lifeless in his condo in Queens, New York, on Monday by his father David Snyder who went to examine on him after nobody had heard from him for a number of days.

David, a psychiatrist, shared the information of his son’s loss of life in a Facebook put up Thursday the place he stated he had battled psychological well being points for a few years. 



The heartbroken father stated Snyder’s date of loss of life is but to be confirmed however that he believes he died earlier than he would have seen his work win on the Golden Globes. 

Nomadland’s manufacturing sound mixer Michael Wolf Snyder (pictured) has died by suicide aged 35 after affected by main despair for years

‘Michael took his personal life someday within the final week and wasn’t found till I went to examine on him Monday after he had dropped out of contact for a number of days,’ David wrote in a March 4 Facebook put up, shared by Snyder’s aunt Cathy Snyder. 

‘He has suffered from main despair for a few years.’ 

David addressed questions on whether or not the stresses of the coronavirus pandemic and the isolation caused by lockdowns had performed a component in son’s loss of life. 

‘People have requested if his loss of life was Covid associated. I feel we will assume that it performed a job within the type of elevated isolation and loneliness, however it was definitely greater than that,’ he stated. 

He stated his son’s Major Depression is a ‘extreme’ drawback that impacts at the very least 15 p.c of individuals at a while of their lives.  

However, Snyder had seemed to be ‘doing effectively’ and was ‘particularly joyful and invigorated in these previous couple of months since he was in a position to return to work on a number of completely different movie tasks’. 

The father informed of how a lot his son ‘cherished’ his work describing it because the ‘brightest spot in his life’ and the way he was ‘thrilled’ to have labored on the award-winning Nomadland. 

Snyder (pictured with Nomadland star Frances McDermond) was found dead in his apartment in Queens, New York, on Monday by his father David Snyder

Snyder (pictured with Nomadland star Frances McDermond) was discovered lifeless in his condo in Queens, New York, on Monday by his father David Snyder

David, a psychiatrist, shared the news of his son's death in a Facebook post Thursday where he said he had battled mental health issues for many years

David, a psychiatrist, shared the information of his son’s loss of life in a Facebook put up Thursday the place he stated he had battled psychological well being points for a few years

‘He was definitely thrilled about the entire accolades for Nomadland and informed us many glad tales about his work on the movie and the superb individuals he received to spend time with,’ he stated.  

‘Unfortunately, we consider he was gone earlier than attending to see the Golden Globe awards.’  

He added: ‘We won’t ever know what modified within the final month or two, however even his love for his household, in addition to his love of movie and his film household, was not sufficient to beat his demons.’ 

David stated whereas he had not been in a position to save his son, he wished to talk out within the hope it could assist others search the assistance they want.  

‘I’m a psychiatrist who was not in a position to save his personal son, partly as a result of he wouldn’t share the depth of his ache,’ he stated.

‘But I do know that most individuals with this situation will get well with the right assist and assist. 

‘I hope that the surprising nature of Michael’s loss of life will alert others to talk up, threat being susceptible, and search the assistance that they want. It is such a tragic waste {that a} short-term heightening of despair can finish a life with a lot promise.’  

The heartbroken father said in the post (above) he believes he died before he would have seen his work win at the Golden Globe

The heartbroken father stated within the put up (above) he believes he died earlier than he would have seen his work win on the Golden Globe

Snyder labored because the manufacturing sound mixer on Nomadland, the movie starring Frances McDormand as a homeless lady travelling by way of the American West.

The movie bagged the highest award of finest movement image – drama – and Chloé Zhao received finest director at Sunday’s Golden Globes. 

Tributes poured in from Snyder’s co-workers on the movie.  

McDormand stated in a press release shared by Variety: ‘Wolf recorded our coronary heart beats. Our each breath. For me, he’s ‘Nomadland.” 

Zhao, who additionally labored with Snyder on 2017’s modern western movie The Rider, stated she would ‘all the time miss him’ and quoted Nomadland’s phrase ‘see you down the highway.’

‘On ‘The Rider’ and ‘Nomadland,’ I all the time checked out Wolf after every take. I did not put on headphones on set and so I closely relied on Wolf to be my ears. He would nod at me with a cheerful grin, or tears in his eyes, or typically he would discreetly sign ‘yet another,” she stated in a press release.

Tributes poured in from Snyder's co-workers. Nomadland star Charlene Swankie paid tribute to his 'indelible spirit' and 'great focus'

Tributes poured in from Snyder’s co-workers. Nomadland star Charlene Swankie paid tribute to his ‘indelible spirit’ and ‘nice focus’

Film critic Clayton Davis called his death 'heartbreaking' and said 'you never know what people are going through' and director Jason Fraley praised Snyder's 'under-appreciated talent'

Film critic Clayton Davis referred to as his loss of life ‘heartbreaking’ and stated ‘you by no means know what persons are going by way of’ and director Jason Fraley praised Snyder’s ‘under-appreciated expertise’

‘During ‘The Rider,’ Wolf instructed an thought we later took onto ‘Nomadland’ — recording room tones longer than we’d like as an opportunity to expertise silence. 

‘After hustling on every location, we sat collectively, in silence, tuned in, listened and honored the world round us and one another. I’ll all the time miss him. 

‘He would all the time be with me on set, after every take, and within the silence of each room tone. See you down the highway, my pal.’

Nomadland star Charlene Swankie paid tribute to his ‘indelible spirit’ and ‘nice focus’.

‘Sad to study that Montana sound man M Wolf Snyder has handed away. Wolf had nice focus, a form coronary heart, and an indelible spirit,’ she wrote in a Facebook put up.

‘He did the sound on Nomadland. So in case you watch that magnificent movie, take a second to pause, shut your eyes, and hearken to all the sweetness he captured.’ 

She added: ‘Death all the time creates deep heartbreak and an inexplicable sense of loss. Prayers and ideas are with the household who lost their beloved Wolf and in addition with mates who’re devastated by the information at a time they need to be celebrating his masterful work that’s bringing multiply awards to Nomadland-the movie. RIP candy Wolf.’ 

Snyder worked as the production sound mixer on Nomadland, the film starring Frances McDormand as a homeless woman travelling through the American West

Snyder labored because the manufacturing sound mixer on Nomadland, the movie starring Frances McDormand as a homeless lady travelling by way of the American West

A press release launched on behalf of the complete cast and crew of Nomadland stated his reminiscence will ‘stay without end’ in his work. 

‘While our hearts break with Wolf’s loss, we hope it’s a consolation to know that his spirit will stay without end in each chortle he recorded, each breeze, and each gallop of a horse. He was a part of our little film household and his variety soul touched us all,’ the assertion learn, per Variety.

‘Wolf really introduced life to our movie. We ship our condolences to his household on behalf of the complete ‘Nomadland’ company. See you down the highway, candy pal.’ 

Film critic Clayton Davis referred to as his loss of life ‘heartbreaking’ and stated ‘you by no means know what persons are going by way of’ whereas director Jason Fraley praised Snyder’s ‘under-appreciated expertise’ in statements on Twitter. 

Snyder began out as a increase operator on the thriller Occupant in 2011 earlier than working within the sound division on 61 films or TV reveals, in line with IMDB.   

Among his notable work, he labored as an extra sound recorder on the Emmy-nominated TV sequence Good Omens which additionally featured McDormand.  

He additionally labored on sci-fi drama Imitation Girl in 2017 and The Amaranth in 2018.

Snyder was additionally introduced to work on TV film Enzo Fast earlier than his loss of life and was the sound mixer on a variety of 2021 releases together with the brief Dissolved Girl. 

Call the toll-free 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255); TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)  


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