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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 Randy Thom. She was later recruited by Gary Rydstrom when he returned to Skywalker for Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, for which Nia utilized seven years of horse training experience. Her time with Rydstrom on two more films cemented her understanding of the power of sound design as an integral storytelling element.

She has worked on Disney and Pixar animations as well as visual effects-heavy science fiction and fantasy blockbusters, including editing and design on eight Marvel films such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, and Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. Her favorite creative challenge is designing technology, magic, and creatures, bringing otherworldly settings to life, with a focus on detail, texture, and symbolism.

Originally from Santa Barbara, California, Nia has lived in beautiful Yosemite, Mount Shasta, and the Canadian Rocky Mountains, which fostered a love of the outdoors. She now resides in Marin County, California.