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Episode 93 - SKIP LIEVSAY - Sound Designer/Editor/Mixer (1 reply)

Reese Brucker
2 months ago
Reese Brucker 2 months ago

Team Deakins has the chance to catch up with Skip Lievsay, the guru of sound. We use the opportunity to learn the different roles and responsibilities in the sound department, from onset mixer to re-recording mixer, sound editor, and sound designer. He shares with us some experiences on the films, True Grit, Inside Llewyn Davis, No Country for Old Men, and O Brother, Where Art Thou. We learn how the sound was conceived and executed for the movie Gravity. He also talks about working with Robert Altman and his love of sound. He even gets into the different sound formats and why one format might suit a movie better than another as well as choices of mics on the shoot. A great look into the world of movie sound

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The Byre
2 months ago
The Byre 2 months ago

At last a sound designer/supervisor/whatever!

I loved the Chris Nolan idea of dialog just being another part of the overall sound and not needed to tell the story.  A good film tells its story through pictures anyway.  Add audio FX to help the story along and dialog can be reduced to just another part of the soundscape and the score.  Sound is after all half of the movie!

Hearing sounds differently - When in the Airborne, I used to take a tape recorder with me when on tour and into active service.  Somewhere I must still have old reels of frogs and other interesting creatures in Far Eastern jungles.  I remember when on tour in Northern Ireland a Morris Minor (car) blew up near me and the boot (trunk) lid flew past my head and made the most fantastic 'flanging' polyphonic sound and I remember thinking 'Damn, I should have recorded that!'

Tip for those mixing Atmos/DTS-X for the streamers - The Sennheiser Ambeo soundbar is probably the best home system (when set up correctly!) and simulates the average home setup brilliantly.  

More audio-related podcasts, please!

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