The first season of HBO's hit new crime drama True Detective has been well-received by audiences with widespread acclaim from critics.The Atlantic called the series "the best show on TV" and TIME called it a "tour-de-force."1
Definition 6's audio and post-production team in our NYC studio jumped at the opportunity to work on the highly-anticipated new series' trailer for HBO. The show follows two homicide detectives investigating a series of serial killings in southern Louisiana. The swampy, Southern Gothic vibe and dark plot requires more than just cinematography -- it requires a special artistry in audio to sustain.
Haunting, atmospheric, mournful, evocative, unsettling: Using audio to evoke an ominous mood.
"The audio for the trailer was important in creating the ominous feeling that the spot has," explained Definition 6's Senior Audio Engineer Michael Barrett. "We wanted to use both the music as well as the sound design to build up tension as we see the characters and hear them set up the general story. We used a lot of low dramatic hits, but ultimately it culminates in a shocking drop out to silence before coming back with McConaughey's great line: '…and like a lot of dreams, there's a monster at the end of it'."
(1st trailer for HBO's "True Detective")
Definition 6's Managing Partner Rob Ortiz said about the project, "Zachary Lee and Chris Denniston from HBO were the producers of the trailer. They wanted the music to drive it, so that was our approach when working on the audio for the trailer. The big thing about this show is that it's an HBO show with two A-list actors committing to it -- Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson."
Over the years, we have had opportunities to do many different types of work for HBO, from website production to social media, from post-production to purely audio work. Under pressure with a tight turnaround to deliver big results, the post-production team led by Mike Barrett pulled together and delivered results exceeding expectations. HBO used the trailer to build anticipation last fall for the show's premiere on January 12th. The first trailer for the show received overwhelmingly positive reviews and feedback across social media:
kevinbrueck: "There's a reason this has zero dislikes. Pure awesome."
jahoolie2: "probably the only trailer i've ever re-watched straight after the first go. this looks so f***ing great"
MahabubMithun: "OMG...this s**t looks cool. HBO is always come up with something extraordinary."
The first season has earned widespread attention and a rapidly growing fan base over the past two months. The finale airs March 9th. Don't miss out! Tune in to HBO Sundays at 9pm EST.
The audio work for HBO was led by Definition 6's Michael Barrett, our esteemed Senior Audio Engineer who has won multiple Emmy Awards for his sound mixing work for Sesame Street. The first trailer turned out so well, we ended up working on the third trailer, produced by Daniel Zibulsky, as well:
To see more of Michael Barrett's multiple Emmy award-winning work, which includes sound designing and mixing for both long form and commercials, view his reel.
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