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Nia Hansen

Sound Designer

Nia's Story

Nia began at Skywalker Sound in 2009, working on six films during her one-year internship with the Director of Sound Design, Randy Thom. She was later recruited by Gary Rydstrom when he returned to Skywalker for Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, for which Nia leveraged seven years of horse training experience. Her time with Rydstrom on two more films cemented her understanding of sound design as a storytelling element.
Nia has worked on both Disney and Pixar animations, and visual effects-heavy science fiction and fantasy blockbusters. She enjoys the creative challenge of designing unique technological or otherworldly sounds. Under the direction of Supervising Sound Editor Shannon Mills, she’s been Sound Effects Editor and Sound Designer on five Marvel films including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and Doctor Strange. She is currently working on Luc Besson’s space opera Valerian, and will be continuing with Marvel on Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War.
Originally from Santa Barbara, California, Nia has lived in Yosemite, Mount Shasta, and the Canadian Rocky Mountains. She now resides in Sonoma County, California, with her cat and seasonal raptors. She is a licensed falconer, practices Japanese swordsmanship, and loves the outdoors.