Skip Lievsay


Sound Designer, Supervising Sound Editor

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)....

Notes

"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

"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

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).

Lievsay has modestly asserted that little of his sound work deserves the exalted title of "sound design," a credit first given to the highly acclaimed Walter Murch on Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" (1979). He admits, however, that the ominous soundtrack he created for Jonathan Demme's "The Silence of the Lambs" (1992) was a good attempt.

Filmography

 

Producer (Feature Film)

Souvenir (1998)
Executive Producer

Editing (Feature Film)

Passion Fish (1992)
Editor
King Blank (1982)
Assistant Editor

Visual Effects (Feature Film)

Kundun (1997)
Digital Effects Supervisor

Sound (Feature Film)

Harriet (2019)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Glass (2019)
Supervising Sound Editor
Booksmart (2019)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
21 Bridges (2019)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Uncut Gems (2019)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Little Women (2019)
Supervising Sound Editor
The Goldfinch (2019)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
The Land of Steady Habits (2018)
Supervising Sound Editor
Mid-90's (2018)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Mid-90's (2018)
Sound Editor
The Land of Steady Habits (2018)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Mid-90's (2018)
Supervising Sound Editor
Red Sparrow (2018)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
mother! (2017)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Hostiles (2017)
Supervising Sound Editor
A Dog's Purpose (2017)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Lady Bird (2017)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
American Assassin (2017)
Sound Editor
Hail Caesar (2016)
Supervising Sound Editor
The Family Fang (2016)
Supervising Sound Editor
Demolition (2016)
Supervising Sound Editor
Zoolander 2 (2016)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Girl on the Train (2016)
Sound Designer
Split (2016)
Sound Editor
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Miles Ahead (2015)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Focus (2015)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
The Visit (2015)
Supervising Sound Editor
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)
Sound Editor
Top Five (2014)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Noah (2014)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Fading Gigolo (2014)
Sound Editor
This Is Where I Leave You (2014)
Sound Editor
Birdman (2014)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Sound Mixer
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
Supervising Sound Editor
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
Sound Editor
G-Dog (2013)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Ruby Sparks (2012)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)
Supervising Sound Editor
Water for Elephants (2011)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Water for Elephants (2011)
Supervising Sound Editor
There Be Dragons (2011)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Tabloid (2010)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Ramona and Beezus (2010)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Going the Distance (2010)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
True Grit (2010)
Supervising Sound Editor
Stone (2010)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
True Grit (2010)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Tabloid (2010)
Supervising Sound Editor
Bandslam (2009)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
It Might Get Loud (2009)
Supervising Sound Editor
Tenderness (2009)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
A Serious Man (2009)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
A Serious Man (2009)
Supervising Sound Editor
Brothers (2009)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
It Might Get Loud (2009)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
State of Play (2009)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
State of Play (2009)
Sound Editor
U2 3D (2008)
Rerecording
Burn After Reading (2008)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Valkyrie (2008)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Nim's Island (2008)
Supervising Sound Editor
Tyson (2008)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Nim's Island (2008)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Dedication (2007)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Because I Said So (2007)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Smokin' Aces (2007)
Sound Editor
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
I Am Legend (2007)
Supervising Sound Editor
The Invisible (2007)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Smokin' Aces (2007)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Gracie (2007)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Supervising Sound Editor
I Am Legend (2007)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Gracie (2007)
Supervising Sound Editor
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
Supervising Sound Editor
An Inconvenient Truth (2006)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
A Scanner Darkly (2006)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
The Painted Veil (2006)
Sound Re-Recordist
The Painted Veil (2006)
Supervising Sound Editor
Gridiron Gang (2006)
Supervising Sound Editor
Constantine (2005)
Supervising Sound Editor
Elizabethtown (2005)
Supervising Sound Editor
The New World (2005)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
The New World (2005)
Supervising Sound Editor
The Ladykillers (2004)
Supervising Sound Editor
The Ladykillers (2004)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Blade: Trinity (2004)
Rerecording Mixer
Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
Supervising Sound Editor
House of Sand and Fog (2003)
Supervising Sound Editor
Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Big Fish (2003)
Supervising Sound Editor
Big Trouble (2002)
Sound Editor
Dummy (2002)
Sound Supervisor
Big Trouble (2002)
Rerecording
Death to Smoochy (2002)
Rerecording
Men in Black II (2002)
Supervising Sound Editor
The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
Supervisor Sound ed/Re-rec mixer
The Invisible Circus (2001)
Supervising Sound Editor
Jump Tomorrow (2001)
Rerecording
Series 7 (2001)
Recording Mixer
Sidewalks of New York (2001)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
The Invisible Circus (2001)
Re-Recording Mixer
The Business of Strangers (2001)
Rerecording Mixer
Y Tu Mamá También (2001)
Dubbing Mixer
The Center of the World (2001)
Rerecording
Shaft (2000)
Rerecording
Shaft (2000)
Sound Editor
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Sound Editor
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Rerecording
Titus (1999)
Foley Mixer
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Sound Editor
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
Rerecording
Ride with the Devil (1999)
Foley Mixer
Wild Wild West (1999)
Sound Editor
Beloved (1998)
Sound Editor
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Sound Editor
The Big Lebowski (1998)
Rerecording
4 Little Girls (1997)
Rerecording
Men in Black (1997)
Sound Editor
Pants on Fire (1997)
Rerecording
Men in Black (1997)
Rerecording
This World, Then The Fireworks (1997)
Supervising Sound Designer
Fargo (1996)
Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Matilda (1996)
Sound Editor
Fargo (1996)
Sound Editor
Casino (1995)
Sound Editor
Clockers (1995)
Sound Design
The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)
Sound Editor
Get Shorty (1995)
Sound Editor
DROP Squad (1994)
Sound Designer
Imaginary Crimes (1994)
Rerecording
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
Sound Editor
Crooklyn (1994)
Sound Design
Imaginary Crimes (1994)
Sound Editor
Household Saints (1993)
Supervising Sound Editor
For Love or Money (1993)
Sound Editor
Mad Dog and Glory (1993)
Sound Effects Editor
Life with Mikey (1993)
Sound Editor
The Silent Alarm (1993)
Sound Design
The Age Of Innocence (1993)
Sound Editor
Zebrahead (1992)
Supervising Sound Editor
Malcolm X (1992)
Sound Editor
Cool World (1992)
Sound Design
City of Hope (1991)
Sound Editor
Barton Fink (1991)
Sound Editor
Cape Fear (1991)
Sound Mixer
The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
Sound Designer
Jungle Fever (1991)
Sound Design
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Sound Editor
Mo' Better Blues (1990)
Sound Design
Goodfellas (1990)
Sound Editor
New York Stories (1989)
Sound Editor
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Sound Design
Penn & Teller Get Killed (1989)
Sound Editor
Parents (1989)
Sound Editor
Bright Lights, Big City (1988)
Sound Supervisor
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
Sound Editor
Raising Arizona (1987)
Sound Editor
Heaven (1987)
Sound Editor
O.C. And Stiggs (1987)
Sound Effects Editor
The Color of Money (1986)
Sound Editor
Maximum Overdrive (1986)
Sound Editor
The Protector (1985)
Sound Editor
After Hours (1985)
Sound Editor
Almost You (1984)
Sound Editor
Blood Simple (1984)
Sound Mixer
Alphabet City (1984)
Sound Editor
Blood Simple (1984)
Sound Editor
Before the Nickelodeon: The Early Cinema Of Edwin S. Porter (1982)
Audio Consultant
Stiletto (1981)
Sound Editor
Polyester (1981)
Sound Editor
No Nukes (1980)
Sound Editor

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Uncut Gems (2019)
Sound
The Goldfinch (2019)
Sound
Roma (2018)
Sound
Thank You for Your Service (2017)
Sound
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015)
Sound
The Unknown Known: The Life and Times of Donald Rumsfeld (2013)
Sound
Duplex (2003)
Consultant
Blood Simple (1984)
Other

Life Events

1980

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

1981

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

1982

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

1984

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

1985

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

1987

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

1989

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

Bibliography

Notes

"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

"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