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Tim Nielsen was born and raised in Minnesota, and moved to Los Angeles in 1995 to study in the graduate program at USC. In a way, his career at Skwyalker Sound started in 1996 while still a student. That year he was selected as Skywalker Sound’s first official intern, spending the summer under the guidance of Gary Rydstrom. After graduating, he moved to the San Francisco area to begin work at Skywalker Sound. In 2001 he moved to New Zealand to work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy. His other films include Pirates of the Caribbean, Galaxy Quest, Hellboy, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Prince of Persia, John Carter, Maleficent and many others. He’s just finished work supervising, designing, and mixing the animated film The Little Prince. In addition to his film work, he’s an avid sound effects recordist and enjoys writing about and teaching others about sound effects recording and design.