Skip Lievsay is one of the most distinguished and prolific sound masters in the film industry. This year Skip won the Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing on Gravity and was nominated in the same category for Inside Llewyn Davis. Gravity, in particular, features one of the most innovative sound mixes to make its way to theaters. Once the sound was mixed for Gravity, 3D computer simulation placed individual bits of audio in extremely specific locations within a theater, down to the individual speaker with its own unique feed.
Skip Lievsay has an outstanding history of collaborating with major American filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, the Coen Brothers, and John Sayles. He served as sound editor for the Coen brothers on Blood Simple(1984) and was their sound editor supervisor on Raising Arizona (1987), Miller's Crossing (1990), and Barton Fink (1991). The frequent Coen brothers’ collaborator received two Academy Award nominations for Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing for his work on NoCountry For Old Men (2007) and was nominated in the same categories for True Grit (2011). For Spike Lee, he provided sound design for Do the Right Thing (1989), Mo' Better Blues (1990), and Jungle Fever (1991). Lievsay began an extensive collaboration with Martin Scorsese on After Hours (1985), continuing through The Age of Innocence (1993). For John Sayles, he worked on Matewan (1987) and City of Hope (1991).
On Saturday, April 19th Skip will discuss the films that have influenced him such as The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and How the West Was Won (1962), his body of work including The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) and The Man Who Wasn't There (2001), as well as his most recent experience in the current landscape on Gravity.