New York, NY (November 2, 2004)–hsr/ny has been awarded the audio postproduction assignment for the new, original animated TV series Maya & Miguel, from Scholastic Entertainment, the media and entertainment division of Scholastic Inc., the global children’s publishing and media company. The daily strip, comprising 65 half-hours of animated programming, began airing October 11 on PBS Kids.
Maya & Miguel chronicles the adventures of 10-year-old Latino twins, Maya & Miguel Santos, as they figure out how to leave their stamp on the vibrant world around them. Like its inspiration, I Love Lucy, Maya & Miguel will be a series chock full of fun and humorous antics from both the main characters and the protagonists.
On the challenges of mixing Maya & Miguel, hsr/ny mixer George Meyer said, “The audio post is relatively straightforward, but the sound effects are the key to this show. For hsr, sound effects and foley artist Dick Maitland who, by the way, has created the sound effects for Sesame Street for the last 36 seasons, is the real magician, creating well over 750 sound effects in each 22-minute episode, not counting footsteps and Foley’s.”
And Foley is the key word. Dick Maitland explained, “Almost half to three-quarters of all the effects you need are not to be found in existing sound effects libraries. It is faster, and better, to just perform or Foley the stuff–like footsteps, clothing movement, items dropped on a table, flapping parrots and all the silly stuff that goes on–right to picture. It is a daunting challenge not only because of the amount of work in each show but also the tightness of the schedules.”