Influencers: Skip Lievsay Is Bringing Sound Into a New Frontier

Published on Dec 03, 2019

Influencers: Skip Lievsay Is Bringing Sound Into a New Frontier

In the 1970s Robert Altman and his sound guru Jim Webb challenged the orthodoxy of Hollywood movie sound. By mic’ing dozens of characters inside Altman’s ensemble, the audience’s attention was partially pulled off of just one principal character or storyline. Altman’s dreams of concurrent, over-lapping aural action has, in recent years, started to reach its full potential due to the advent of Dolby Atmos and its principal boundary pushing practitioner: re-recording mixer Skip Lievsay.

Atmos’s ability to place specific sounds in specific speakers (including the ceiling) spread throughout the theater is still viewed in Hollywood as a tool for creating the spectacle of a spaceship flying overhead, but for the auteurs looking to use the tool in new exciting storytelling ways, they often find themselves in Lievsay’s mixing room.

For example, with longtime collaborator Alfonso Cuarón, Lievsay has been granted the time and palette

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Author: Chris O'Falt