Skip Lievsay

Sound designer, Supervising sound editor, Supervising sound mixer
One of the leading sound designers in the industry, with an outstanding history of collaborating with major American filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, the Coen Brothers, and John Sayles. Lievsay served as ... Read more »

Filmography

Sound (154)

Focus 2015 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

The Visit 2015 (Movie)

(Supervising Sound Editor)

Birdman 2014 (Movie)

(Warner Bros. Sound) (Rerecording Mixer)

Noah 2014 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 2014 (Movie)

Sound Editor And Re-Recording Mixer (Sound Editor)

The Unknown Known: The Life And Times Of Donald Rumsfeld 2014 (Movie)

Re-Recording Mixer/Supervising Sound Editor(Warner Bros. Studios) (Sound)

This is Where I Leave You 2014 (Movie)

Sound Editors/Re-Recording Mixer (Sound Editor)

Top Five 2014 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Gravity 2013 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Inside Llewyn Davis 2013 (Movie)

Supervising Sound Editor/Rerecording Mixer (Supervising Sound Editor)

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 2013 (Movie)

Co-Supervising Sound Editor/Re-Recording Mixer (Sound Editor)

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty 2013 (Movie)

Sound Mixing (Sound Mixer)

Ruby Sparks 2012 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

The Lucky One 2012 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2011 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 2011 (Movie)

(Supervising Sound Editor)

G-Dog 2011 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Tabloid 2011 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Tabloid 2011 (Movie)

(Supervising Sound Editor)

There Be Dragons 2011 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Water for Elephants 2011 (Movie)

(Supervising Sound Editor)

Water for Elephants 2011 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Going the Distance 2010 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Ramona and Beezus 2010 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Stone 2010 (Movie)

Re-Recording Mixer/ Supervising Sound Editor(Warner Bros. Sound Services) (Rerecording Mixer)

True Grit 2010 (Movie)

(Supervising Sound Editor)

True Grit 2010 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

A Serious Man 2009 (Movie)

(Supervising Sound Editor)

A Serious Man 2009 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Bandslam 2009 (Movie)

(Warner Bros. Post Production Services) (Rerecording Mixer)

Brothers 2009 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

It Might Get Loud 2009 (Movie)

(Supervising Sound Editor)

It Might Get Loud 2009 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

State of Play 2009 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

State of Play 2009 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Tenderness 2009 (Movie)

Sound Re-Recording Mixer (Rerecording Mixer)

Tyson 2009 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Burn After Reading 2008 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Nim's Island 2008 (Movie)

(Supervising Sound Editor)

Nim's Island 2008 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

U2 3D 2008 (Movie)

(Rerecording)

Valkyrie 2008 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Because I Said So 2007 (Movie)

Sound Re-Recording Mixer (Rerecording Mixer)

Dedication 2007 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Gracie 2007 (Movie)

Sound Re-Recording Mixer (Rerecording Mixer)

Gracie 2007 (Movie)

(Supervising Sound Editor)

I Am Legend 2007 (Movie)

(Supervising Sound Editor)

I Am Legend 2007 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

No Country for Old Men 2007 (Movie)

(Supervising Sound Editor)

No Country for Old Men 2007 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Smokin' Aces 2007 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Smokin' Aces 2007 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

The Invisible 2007 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

A Scanner Darkly 2006 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

An Inconvenient Truth 2006 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

An Inconvenient Truth 2006 (Movie)

(Hammerhead Sound, Inc) (Supervising Sound Editor)

Gridiron Gang 2006 (Movie)

(Supervising Sound Editor)

The Painted Veil 2006 (Movie)

Sound Rerecording Mixer (Sound Re-recordist)

The Painted Veil 2006 (Movie)

(Supervising Sound Editor)

Constantine 2005 (Movie)

(Supervising Sound Editor)

Elizabethtown 2005 (Movie)

(Supervising Sound Editor)

Happy Here and Now 2005 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

The New World 2005 (Movie)

(Supervising Sound Editor)

The New World 2005 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Blade: Trinity 2004 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

The Ladykillers 2004 (Movie)

(Supervising Sound Editor)

The Ladykillers 2004 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Big Fish 2003 (Movie)

(Supervising Sound Editor)

Dummy 2003 (Movie)

(Sound Supervisor)

House of Sand and Fog 2003 (Movie)

(Supervising Sound Editor)

Intolerable Cruelty 2003 (Movie)

(Supervising Sound Editor)

Intolerable Cruelty 2003 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

Big Trouble 2002 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

Big Trouble 2002 (Movie)

re-recording mixer (Rerecording)

Death to Smoochy 2002 (Movie)

re-recording mixer (Rerecording)

Men in Black II 2002 (Movie)

(Supervising Sound Editor)

Y Tu Mamá También 2002 (Movie)

(Dubbing Mixer)

Jump Tomorrow 2001 (Movie)

re-recording mixer (Rerecording)

Series 7 2001 (Movie)

recording mixer (Sound Mixer)

Sidewalks of New York 2001 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

The Business of Strangers 2001 (Movie)

(Rerecording Mixer)

The Center of the World 2001 (Movie)

re-recording mixer (Rerecording)

The Invisible Circus 2001 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

The Invisible Circus 2001 (Movie)

re-recording mixer (Rerecording)

The Man Who Wasn't There 2001 (Movie)

re-recording mixer (Rerecording)

The Man Who Wasn't There 2001 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 (Movie)

re-recording mixer (Rerecording)

Shaft 2000 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

Shaft 2000 (Movie)

re-recording mixer (Rerecording)

Pants on Fire 1999 (Movie)

re-recording mixer (Rerecording)

Ride With the Devil 1999 (Movie)

foley re-recording mixer (Foley Mixer)

Sleepy Hollow 1999 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

Sleepy Hollow 1999 (Movie)

re-recording mixer (Rerecording)

Titus 1999 (Movie)

(Foley Mixer)

Wild Wild West 1999 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

Beloved 1998 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

The Big Lebowski 1998 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

The Big Lebowski 1998 (Movie)

re-recording mixer (Rerecording)

4 Little Girls 1997 (Movie)

re-recording mixer (Rerecording)

Men in Black 1997 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

Men in Black 1997 (Movie)

re-recording mixer (Rerecording)

This World, Then the Fireworks 1997 (Movie)

(Sound Designer)

Fargo 1996 (Movie)

rerecordist mixer (Rerecording Mixer)

Fargo 1996 (Movie)

associate sound editor (Sound Editor)

Matilda 1996 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

Casino 1995 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

Clockers 1995 (Movie)

(Sound Design)

Get Shorty 1995 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

The Indian in the Cupboard 1995 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

Crooklyn 1994 (Movie)

(Sound Design)

Imaginary Crimes 1994 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

Imaginary Crimes 1994 (Movie)

re-recording mixer (Rerecording)

The D.R.O.P. Squad 1994 (Movie)

(Sound Designer)

The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

For Love Or Money 1993 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

Household Saints 1993 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

Life With Mikey 1993 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

Mad Dog and Glory 1993 (Movie)

(Sound Effects Editor)

The Age of Innocence 1993 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

The Silent Alarm 1993 (Movie)

sound design consultant (Sound Design)

Cool World 1992 (Movie)

(Sound Design)

Malcolm X 1992 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

Zebrahead 1992 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

Barton Fink 1991 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

Cape Fear 1991 (Movie)

(Sound Mixer)

City of Hope 1991 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

Jungle Fever 1991 (Movie)

(Sound Design)

The Silence of the Lambs 1991 (Movie)

(Sound Designer)

Goodfellas 1990 (Movie)

sound editor supervisor (Sound Editor)

Miller's Crossing 1990 (Movie)

sound editor supervisor (Sound Editor)

Mo' Better Blues 1990 (Movie)

(Sound Design)

Do the Right Thing 1989 (Movie)

(Sound Design)

New York Stories 1989 (Movie)

sound editor supervisor("Life Lessons") (Sound Editor)

Parents 1989 (Movie)

sound editor supervisor (Sound Editor)

Penn & Teller Get Killed 1989 (Movie)

sound editor supervisor (Sound Editor)

Bright Lights, Big City 1988 (Movie)

(Sound Supervisor)

The Last Temptation of Christ 1988 (Movie)

sound editor supervisor (Sound Editor)

Heaven 1987 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

Matewan 1987 (Movie)

sound editor supervisor (Sound Editor)

O.C. & Stiggs 1987 (Movie)

(Sound Effects Editor)

Raising Arizona 1987 (Movie)

sound editor supervisor (Sound Editor)

Maximum Overdrive 1986 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

The Color of Money 1986 (Movie)

sound editor supervisor (Sound Editor)

After Hours 1985 (Movie)

sound editor supervisor (Sound Editor)

Blood Simple 1985 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

Blood Simple 1985 (Movie)

mix update(The Restoration) (Sound Mixer)

The Protector 1985 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

Almost You 1984 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

Alphabet City 1984 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

Before the Nickelodeon: The Early Cinema Of Edwin S. Porter 1981 (Movie)

sound consultant (Audio Consultant)

Polyester 1981 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

No Nukes 1980 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)

Stiletto 1980 (Movie)

(Sound Editor)
Editor (2)

Passion Fish 1992 (Movie)

effects editor (Editor)

King Blank 1981 (Movie)

editor assistant (Assistant Editor)
Visual Effects & Animation (1)

Kundun 1997 (Movie)

(Effects Supervisor)
Producer (1)

Souvenir 1997 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Other (1)

Duplex 2003 (Movie)

Sound Effects Consultant (Consultant)

Biography

One of the leading sound designers in the industry, with an outstanding history of collaborating with major American filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, the Coen Brothers, and John Sayles. Lievsay served as sound editor for the Coens on "Blood Simple" (1984) and was their sound editor supervisor on "Raising Arizona" (1987), "Miller's Crossing" (1990), and "Barton Fink" (1991). 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).

Milestones

1989

First feature credit for sound design on "Do the Right Thing" and first collaboration with writer-director Spike Lee

1987

First collaboration with writer-director John Sayles as sound editor supervisor on "Matewan"

1985

First assignment as sound editor supervisor for "After Hours" and first collaboration with director Martin Scorsese

1984

First collaboration with Joel and Ethan Coen on "Blood Simple"

1982

Served as sound consultant for Charles Musser's documentary feature, "Before the Nickelodeon: The Early Cinema of Edwin S. Porter"

1981

Worked as sound editor on "Polyester", director John Waters' first mainstream feature

1980

First significant assignment as a sound editor on "No Nukes", a concert film documentary

Parlayed some experience in theatrical set construction into a job on a low-budget feature; tasks included answering phones, getting coffee, and assistant sound editor duties

Abandoned hopes of becoming an architect in the late 1970s due to the recession

Worked for a film-editing facility

Bonus Trivia

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"These days, Lievsay uses state-of-the-art equipment, including four Synclavier computer synthesizers, which he calls `the future of sound editing.' At his workstation in a loft space in Manhattan's Chelsea, he demonstrates what the future sounds like, running a scene from the Coen brothers' "Barton Fink" in which Fink (John Turturro), a playwright struggling to write a screenplay, is shown the rushes from a wrestling movie as an example of what's expected of him.`What they shot here,' Lievsay says, `is supposed to be this accelerated steam roller of sensual input from the screen. But audiowise, that ain't doing it. So I'll show you what I added.' The sequence runs again. This time, there is the loud clatter of a projector. Bodies hit the canvas with giant booms. A rumble is followed by a high-pitched wail. Not only do you see the panic in Fink's face, you HEAR it." --From PREMIERE, October 1991

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"As inventive as Lievsay is, wouldn't he like to get his hands on a big-budget feature with lots of special effects? `I would dearly love to do one of those,' he says, but as he talks, his loyalties become clear. `Spike and Joel and Marty are all basically more of a theater-type orientation,' he explains. `It ain't about spaceships; it's not about wild, bizarre stuff. To me, it's greater talent to make these little things that drive the sequence.'Sounds like the old Hollywood-New York dichotomy--and Lievsay has chosen the East Coast. `Everyone who wants to make that kind of movie is there,' he says, `and everyone who wants to make this kind of movie is here.'--From PREMIERE, October 1991

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