Landscapes of Sound: An Interview with Mandell Winter

first_imgPremiumBeat sat down with this seasoned pro to explore his process, working relationships, and the challenges involved in sound design.With over twenty years of experience in the film industry, Mandell Winter is intimate with the landscape of sound. Most recently, he received two Emmy nominations in the Outstanding Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie, Or Special Category for his work as the sound supervisor on HBO’s Deadwood: The Movie, and Season Three of HBO’s anthology crime series True Detective.Mandell’s accolades also include two MPSE (Motion Picture Sound Editors) Golden Reel Award nominations for his work on Season Two of True Detective and a third Golden Reel Award nomination for the film Southpaw.Mandell Winter via IMDbPremiumBeat: Tell us about what your role as Supervising Sound Editor entails.Mandell Winter: As a Supervising Sound Editor, I work with the director, producers, and the picture editor to make sure I understand their sensibilities and how they want the show to sound. I also work with the producers to make sure I understand the parameters, schedule, and budget. At the same time, I work with the sound editors to coordinate the dialogue, ADR, foley, sound effects, and sound design. Then I take those elements to the mix stage, working with the Re-recording Mixers to make sure they have everything they need to deliver the soundtrack.Ian McShane in Deadwood: The Movie via HBO FilmsPB: How were you invited to work on Deadwood: The Movie?MW: I was originally just going to handle the ADR for the film, as Ben Cook was slated to supervise. However, as schedules shift, Ben was no longer available. So with his recommendation, I became the Supervising Sound Editor for the show, along with Daniel Colman as Co-Supervising Sound Editor.Timothy Olyphant in Deadwood (TV Series) via HBO – 2004PB: The original Deadwood series ended in 2006. What was it like re-creating that world over ten years later?MW: It was a bit daunting at first. In the film, Deadwood is more established than the original series. We had access to and used the original recordings and sound effects from the series, leaning into authenticity. We also used a lot of loop group to establish the town. The same loop group from the series was used on the film. Joyce Kurtz, our loop group leader, brought folks out of retirement. It was invaluable because they knew the sound of Deadwood and, instantly, became the characters on-screen.PB: Did you want to keep a sonic continuity between the original series and Deadwood: The Movie?MW: Yes, we did. We leaned into it, taking every effort to make sure it sounded familiar to the audience. At the same time, we were directed to add scale to the soundtrack because it was a movie.Timothy Olyphant in Deadwood: The Movie via HBO FilmsPB: Deadwood: The Movie is set in 1889. What are some challenges in creating sound for a period piece?MW: It is important to use clean sounds that are free of anything that sounds modern. You can’t have traffic or airplanes in the recordings. We used the fine tip brush to add all the gritty sonic details. We had the added responsibility of being accurate to the time and place. Daniel Colman went to great lengths to make sure the train sound was geographically accurate, making sure the horn was from the train that ran through Deadwood at that time.Stephen Dorff and Mahershala Ali in True Detective via HBOPB: How did you approach creating the sound for True Detective Season Three?MW: We focused on tension and mood in True Detective. Nic Pizzolatto writes such interesting characters, and it’s such a dialogue-driven show that we wanted to make sure that the dialogue was crystal clear. It was a minimalist approach to the sound effects, as it has been the aesthetic for the series. It has to feel real and timely. Concentrating our efforts on the transitions between the three timelines and making sure that the audience is tracking where we were in the story, at any given time.PB: Did the time jumps in True Detective present any unique challenges for you and your team? Were there any other challenges designing the sound and mix for the show?MW: We wanted to make sure the audience was tracking the timeline transitions. So, we spent additional time on the first set of transitions because it’s all about creating tension. We played with the sounds and timing — from the card in the spokes of a boy’s bicycle tire to the ticking of the watch and then the ticking of the clock — as we transition between the three timelines.Carmen Ejogo in True Detective via HBOPB: Did True Detective’s show-runner, Nic Pizzolatto, want to create a sense of aesthetic/sonic continuity between the different seasons of True Detective, or are they viewed as existing with their own context?MW: No. Each season is a separate story.PB: How did you weave T-Bone Burnett’s score into the sound design?MW: T-Bone’s tracks are awesome. They often play really low, and naturally dance on that fine line where you don’t know where the music hands over to sound design, and vice versa.PB: What elements of the show/film inspire the sound design and how do you know if you got it right?MW: We listen to the director, producers, and editors to understand their sensibilities. Then, we lean into the story and visuals, adding our own interpretation.Gerald McRaney in Deadwood: The Movie via HBOPB: What was your favorite aspect of working as a Supervising Sound Editor on True Detective and Deadwood: The Movie?MW: I really enjoy working with the director, producers, and editor(s) to understand their vision. Then, translating that so the sound team can add a sophistication and their interpretation. That’s when it becomes a collaboration.PB: Do you often work with the same sound mix/sound editing teams? Tell us about working with the sound teams on these two shows.MW: There are several people that I work with, as often as possible. Our Sound Designer on True Detective, David Esparza, and I have worked together on nearly forty projects now. Ryan Collins cuts for us, whenever he is not mixing.  Eryne Prine is another key member of the team. In fact, the whole thing would fall apart without her. Micah Loken recently joined the team, but he’s not going anywhere, if we can keep him busy enough.I brought several folks onto Deadwood that I’ve wanted to work with over the years. But, I also finally had the pleasure of working with Daniel Colman, John Cook, and Bill Freesh. It’s always nice when you get to work with such talented people.Mandell Winter via IMDbPB: What programs and software do you typically work with?MW: On both shows, we edited in Pro-Tools and mixed on the Avid S6 console. Our sound designer on True Detective, David Esparza, used Kyma for some of the designed elements — when Hayes is haunted by the ghost of his wife.PB: Do you have any advice for aspiring audio engineers wanting to work in sound for TV and film?MW: You have to really love sound because you’re going to put in long hours. Find mentors and people that’ll teach you what they know. Go for it.Looking for more industry insights from professionals? Check these out.Editor Tom Jarvis on “Carpool Karaoke” with Paul McCartneyFilm and Video Game Composer Austin Wintory on Success from Failure7 Filmmaking Interviews with Real-World Career AdviceIndustry Insights with Cinematographer Michael FranksDirector Nora Mandray on Using History to Understand the Presentlast_img read more

What lies behind Nitish Kumar’s flip-flops?

first_imgAs the CBI conducted a raid at RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav’s 10, Circular Road, an official residence of former chief minister and his wife Rabri Devi, over corruption charges early on Friday morning, CM Nitish Kumar was taking a break in the hillocks of Rajgir, some 100 km from Patna.Mr. Kumar had left Patna abruptly on Thursday. This point sparked much speculation in political circles when the CBI reached Mr. Prasad’s place.Now what will be Mr. Kumar’s next step: will he prefer to carry on the alliance with the RJD to save his government until 2020? Or, would he snap ties mid-way with the ‘tainted’ ally to bolster his image for a possible Prime Ministerial bid in 2019? Only, time will tell.Mr. Kumar’s recent flip-flops have surprised many. At one time he extends his support to the Congress party in the name of Opposition unity, the next moment he backs the BJP-led NDA government’s policies, plans and presidential pick and says he cannot be a pichhalagu (camp follower).Blowing hot and coldOne day he is seen to be cold to his ruling alliance partner while, soon after, he declares that the alliance is united.He often says he is not in the race for the Prime Minister’s post in 2019 but, a year back he had said, “if a person is destined to become Prime Minister, he would become the PM one day.”Unlike his alliance partners, he commands not more than 4% of his caste vote bank in Bihar but in the last 2015 Assembly election his JD(U) got 16.8% vote share with 71 seats out of a total of 243. His party came second in seat numbers after RJD (80) but, he became the chief minister for the third time. He has allied with almost all mainstream political parties taking their inside or outside support just to remain in power.Aiming highBut, why has he been blowing hot and cold with both his ruling alliance partners: RJD and Congress? Why does he take a step towards BJP one moment and take two steps back the next? Is he trying to keep everyone in the loop while exploring possibilities for that “something big” in 2019? Many believe, yes.last_img read more

Paul George heading to Thunder, Griffin stays with Clippers – reports

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games What ‘missteps’? Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LATEST STORIES In other trade moves reported Friday, Los Angeles Clippers stalwart Blake Griffin is set to sign a new five-year deal that will see him remain in California.The Los Angeles Times and ESPN both reported that Griffin would sign a deal worth $173 million after scrapping scheduled meetings with Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets.It follows a tumultuous week for the Clippers, who on Wednesday saw Chris Paul depart for the Houston Rockets ahead of free agency starting on Saturday.READ: Clippers coach Rivers on Chris Paul trade: ‘I hate the way it ended’Paul joined the Rockets following a reported rift with coach Doc Rivers. Griffin, the top overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, last week opted out of his contract and became an unrestricted free agent.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Paul George and Russell Westbrook are set to become teammates in the Oklahoma City Thunder. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—Indiana Pacers star Paul George is set to join the Oklahoma City Thunder in a blockbuster deal that will see Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis head in the opposite direction, reports said Friday (Saturday, Manila).ESPN reported that four-time All-Star forward George heads to the Thunder despite pledging to remain with the Pacers for the 2017-2018 season.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Pacquiao, Horn make weight for fight LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments George, 27, had been widely linked to a 2018 move to the Los Angeles Lakers when he becomes a free agent next year.READ: Paul George informs Pacers he will leave in 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsInstead, the Pacers star is now poised to join Oklahoma City, where he will forge a partnership with NBA 2016-17 Most Valuable Player Russell Westbrook.No further details of the proposed deal were immediately available, but the move would enable Indiana to obtain talent for losing George, something they wouldn’t get if he played out his contract next season. Paul and Griffin have been integral to the Clippers’ record of reaching the post-season in the last six seasons, although they have never made it further than the second round.Griffin has also endured recent seasons disrupted by injuries that have restricted him to just 83 regular season appearances in the past three seasons.Griffin averaged 21.6 points and 8.1 rebounds last season in 61 games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more