nearly splitting the vehicle in two.
Then she beats up one guy while
Homelander appears out of nowhere
and uses his laser eyes to melt the
gun onto the other bad guy’s hand.
“It’s great when a show kicks off
with a bang. Building up that first
sequence was so awesome, and it
was good that we got to introduce
two of the characters right off the
bat,” says Barnett.
The mixers have their favorite
scene, too. In Episode 4, The Deep
tries to save a dolphin from Ocean-land. They’re in a van making their
escape as The Spice Girls’ “Wannabe”
plays on the radio. The Deep and the
dolphin have an awkward conversation — a conversation about special
feelings. “We needed to create dolphin sounds that told the audience
this dolphin had a personality and
was turned on. So we tried different creatures, different recordings of
sea lions and dolphins and layered
them on top of each other and pitch-shifted them. We needed to convey
the feelings of the dolphin. It was so
bizarre,” says Barnett.
As The Deep preaches restraint
"A lot of the
sounds we used
flagged as too
and not rushing into anything too
fast, the cops catch up with them.
The Deep slams on the brakes; the
dolphin goes sailing through the
windshield and hits the pavement
right in front of an oncoming truck
as the lyrics hit a nearly appropriate phrase, “Slam your body down
and wind it all around.” Smear it all
around, more like.
According to Fehrman, there
was a feast of sound for that scene.
But Weingart notes they “didn’t want
to overmix it because what happens
is so good all by itself that you have
to be judicious. There is so much
going on. It’s not about how much
to play; it’s figuring out what not to
play so you can cue the ears to focus
on the action and the story. Eric sat
with us and helped pick through all
of the layers. He was very specific on
“He’d give us his specific ideas
that he had and let us execute them.
He gave us a lot of freedom to have
fun with the mix. We got to comple-
ment this show’s creativity in all
ways. We were encouraged to push
boundaries,” Fehrman concludes.