Magazine article Variety

Crack Production Team Helps Musicians Go Wild

Magazine article Variety

Crack Production Team Helps Musicians Go Wild

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Two Step Up: The show required some original thinking, and two production team members in particular contributed their unique experiences: Writer and supervising producer Andy Yerkes, who has a background in children's programming, is a former speechwriter for the Environmental Protection Agency; and editor Vito DeCandia has cut nonfiction content and musical productions, including installments of the "American Express Unstaged" concert series.

A Sound Plan: The clips didn't have the sound quality DeCandia wanted, because camera operators shooting animals in nature often use a long lens from a great distance. That meant sound design was a separate component of the production. While each episode is musically driven, the diegetic sounds of nature and animals are layered in a separate track.

Freestyle Writing: Yerkes wrote episodes anticipating the vocal style of the targeted artists, enabling them to contribute to the tone of the voiceover. "It was important to leave the writing open for their interpretation," he says.

A Sliding Scale: Once told who would be performing, DeCandia anticipated their speech rhythms and laid down basic edits. …

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