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 Blastwave FX and Avid Sound Design Competition

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We're honored to welcome the Blastwave FX and Avid Competition Judges:

Skip Lievsay


Academy Award Nominated Sound Designer

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 all of the Coens’ movies  from  "Blood Simple" (1984), to “A Serious Man” (2009) including “No Country For Old Men” (2007) for which he received 2 Academy Award nominations., He worked on several films for John Sayles including "Matewan" (1987) and "City of Hope" (1991). He designed  sound for Jonathan Demme's "The Silence of the Lambs" (1992). When Coen Brother DP Barry Sonnenfeld began directing films, Lievsay supervised and mixed “Men In Black” (1995) and others including “Big Trouble” (2000) and “Men in Black 2” (2001)

Lievsay has also worked as Sound Supervisor and/or Re-recordind Mixer for many directors including Robert Altman,  Arthur Penn, Tim Burton,  Alfonso Curron, Ang Lee,  John Singleton, Danny DeVito,  Cameron Crowe, Ralph Backshi and John Waters.

Ric Viers

Ric Viers

Blastwave FX, The Sound Effects Bible

Ric Viers, author of the Sound Effects Bible (www.soundeffectsbible.com), has worked in the film and television industry for nearly fifteen years. His location sound credits include nearly every major television network, Universal Studios, Dateline, Good Morning America, Disney, and many others. His sound design work has been used in major motion pictures, television shows, radio programs, and video games.

In 2007, Viers launched his own label, Blastwave FX, to celebrate the release of his 100th sound effects library. To date, he is considered to be the world’s largest independent provider of sound effects, with more than 175,000 sounds and hundreds of sound effects libraries to his credit.

Jacob Ribicoff 

Jacob Ribicoff

Emmy Award Winner

Jacob was born in San Francisco and raised in New York City. Sound was always an important part of his life especially when it came to putting sound to picture, what he felt was an alchemy where the whole could be greater than the sum of its parts.

When he was a boy of eleven, he started collecting silent comedy shorts on super 8mm film – Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, et al.  He would buy vinyl LPs, mostly ragtime music, and play them along with the movies. That was the beginning, he says....  Sound is motion – a way of guiding sensation and emotion through time and place...

Today Jacob works out of NYC as a Sound Supervisor and Designer where recent projects include Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Wrestler, and Revolutionary Road...and as a Music Editor with Ken Burns on Jazz, Jack Johnson, The War, and National Parks.

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