Studio City, CA (May 9, 2008)–Brad Lachman Productions gave Studio City, CA-based Media City Sound the task of creating the audio for a two-hour special Who is TV’s All-Time Funniest? which airs on ABC on May 9.
Media City’s sound mixer Mark Jensen was in charge of the audio for the project. Mark tackled some interesting challenges during the course of his work. He notes, “In the last act of the show, producer Gary Bormet had cut together a sort of ‘dream team’ sitcom cast together, Bill Cosby side by side with Lucile Ball, for example. This of course was done by intercutting footage of each show, and sound designer John Bickelhaupt and I had to smooth the edits and transitions by adding audience response–but it had to match the sound of the original show.”
Jensen continues, “For a show like I Love Lucy or Happy Days, it’s mono and dark and muddy, and with a hint of tape distortion, and for a show like Friends, it’s full stereo and bright and clean. It was fun to hear how in each decade, the audience grew both in fidelity and ‘stereo-ness.’ For example, Taxi is still pretty mono, but with Cheers and Family Ties, now we’re getting a little wider and brighter. The funny thing that never changes, whether it be ” he Honeymooners or Will & Grace is how loud the audience is–and in all cases, it’s loud!”
TV’s All-Time Funniest airs Friday, May 9 at 8pm/7pm Central.
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