New York, NY (December 7, 2004)–Filmmaker Bill McCullough of Wonderland Productions recently served as director, supervising editor and co-composer of Untold, a six-part documentary series for cable’s Spike TV. Each one-hour episode tells the unwritten, undefined, untold story of a sports legend such as quarterback Terry Bradshaw and his battle with clinical depression. First-run episodes on Bradshaw, Darryl Strawberry, Bo Jackson, big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton, Isiah Thomas and Ricky Williams are scheduled to air from December through February 2005.
The smooth and artful crafting of the mood of the series was guided by the music of co-composers McCullough and John Wiggins. The team scored each episode with music that embodies the spirit of the films while at the same time maintaining the tension. They also wrote an inspirational anthem rock track for the show open, combining rock guitars and the rhymes of Def Poet Mums.
“Taking Untold through the entire post process under our roof removed a lot of variables,” McCullough noted. “It also helped with production: We knew what we were going to cut so we knew what we needed to shoot. We could essentially edit as we shot in the field.”
Wiggins, who heads Wonderland Sound, handled the sound design and audio mix for Untold. He cleaned poor-quality sound on archival clips and created sound for vintage footage that did not have accompanying sound tracks.
“What sets Untold apart from other sports docs is the sense viewers get of being with these figures today,” said McCullough. “We shot verite-style and left people on-camera for a long time, so it’s like sitting on the couch with them. It’s very intimate.”