Nihar Gagneja is a sound designer/editor based in Austin, TX. He has experience with dialogue and sound effects editing, mixing, and foley art. He recently completed sound designing Chicago director Alex Thompson's sophomore feature Rounding, assisting with the mixing process at Skywalker Sound. His current interests are in sound effects editing and re-recording mixing.
Sound effects editing and re-recording mixing are my bread and butter, but I offer all of the following services:
Nothing can snap you out of a film like poorly balanced sound. I'll coax each element of the soundtrack to shine exactly when it should.
Sound design is creating an atmosphere around your story to give it life and shape. I will make your film not only sound good, but help bring your world to life and tell your story to its fullest potential.
In addition to being extremely fun to perform, foley has the unique power to make the grandiose feel intimate and the intimate feel grandiose.
A well-done dialogue edit helps hide the fact that the film was edited together at all making your story truly immmersive.
Sound Effects Editing
Distant phones ringing, elevator doors, kids playing in the distance. You'll miss these sounds if they are absent, but you'll notice them too much if poorly placed.
Personally my favorite sound group, backgrounds are highly functional in helping fill out the dialogue, but also offer deep creative potential for shaping the atmosphere and feeling of your project.
If you are still in the pre-production stage, this is a great time to have me read your script and provide suggestions for how sound might help you tell your story before you begin filming.
Field Sound Recording
An avid sound recordist, you'll rarely catch me without my pocket recorder nearby in case I hear something interesting. If the perfect sound doesn't exist in a library, I'll make it myself.
Writer-Director of Rounding (2022)
I feel so lucky to have got to work with Nihar on Rounding, a feature that required a near-maniacal sound design. Nihar is not maniacal himself, but aggressively talented, with great taste, and he wields his leadership gently, with good humor and enthusiasm.
Writer-Director of My Summer Vacation (2022)
Nihar was a joy to work with and an indispensable collaborator in bringing my film to life. He works with patience, enormous skill, and meticulousness, and I hope to work with him again and again.
Let's work together!
+1 (512) 565-3608