Great interview on In Contention with Skip Lievsay (Re-recording Mixer, Supervising Sound Editor) talking about the sound supervision and mix of “True Grit”.
Continuing today with our week-long look at the below-the-line elements of the Coen brothers’ “True Grit,” we’re chatting with sound re-recording mixer Skip Lievsay.
Along with Carter Burwell, Lievsay is one of only two of the individuals we talked to who goes all the way back to “Blood Simple” with the Coens. What that says to me is that these filmmakers have maintained a sense of sonic consistency in their films over the years and put plenty of thought into the overall sound experience.
Lievsay was finally recognized by the Academy in 2007 for his and his collaborators’ work on “No Country for Old Men,” an understated piece of work that was fortunately not overshadowed completely by large scale productions that year. This year he delighted in tackling one of his favorite genres: the western.
Lievsay was responsible for integrating dialogue and music into the mix, while his partner, Craig Berkey, handled sound effects. He’s a candid and thoughtful fellow. Have a listen to our chat below, and again, make sure you check back throughout the week as we continue this series of conversations.