New York, NY (February 3, 2011)--Audio/video post house hsr|ny worked on the automated dialogue replacement (ADR) for the first season of AMC's Golden Globe-nominated drama, The Walking Dead.
The Walking Dead is based on a popular set of graphic novels and was brought to television by executive producers Frank Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd. Filmed in Atlanta, GA, the series focuses heavily on the emotional effect of the main characters' struggle to survive the aftermath of a mysterious disease that has transformed most of the human population into cannibal zombies. For example, in one pivotal scene, a woman is forced to shoot her just-turned-zombie sister in the head.
The dialogue in such scenes must convey the emotion of the situation perfectly in order to create the correct dramatic effect, which is why Skip Schoolnik, the post producer for The Walking Dead, turned to hsr|ny. "Someone I was working with at Warner Bros. mentioned Bill Higley [at hsr|ny], and I decided to give him a call," he says. "We did one section [of dialogue] and I was sold. He's great technically and he's great with talent. I was confident he would do a great job. He's fantastic."
Higley, a staff mixer with hsr|ny, along with his assistant, A.J. Bartoletti, felt the highly dramatic nature of The Walking Dead warranted a cinematic ADR treatment. "It was more like looping a feature than an episodic television show," notes Higley. "We put a lot of time and care into it, because the actors involved were really great; they had to handle some pretty emotionally heavy scenes. We helped them get back into those scenes, which was not easy, as they did not have the benefit of being in the context of the set."
The Walking Dead premiered on the AMC cable network on October 31, 2010, and drew 5.3 million viewers, the most of any show in the network's history. The Walking Dead has been picked up for a second season.