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Cleaning, creating and mixing sounds 
for The Americans

Sync Sound digs into its third season of audio post 
for this FX series

By Jennifer Walden

The concept of FX’s The Americans, now in its third season, is incredibly compelling — two Cold War-era Soviet spies, who look and sound as American as the proverbial apple pie. They have two kids, a house in the D.C. suburbs and a very dangerous double life dedicated to gathering intel for the Motherland. The couple, Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Phillip Jennings (Matthew Rhys), struggles to balance family values with espionage.

To learn the secrets of The Americans sound, I infiltrated the inner circle at New York-based audio post house Sync Sound, which has handled the audio post on all three seasons. Thankfully, I didn’t have to torture dialogue/music re-recording mixer Ken Hahn too much before he coughed up all the inside post sound info.

After three seasons on the show working with the same Sync Sound team — dialogue editor Dan Korintus, sound effects editor Philip “Des” Desloovere, sound effects mixer/Foley mixer James Redding, co-sound supervisor Neil Cedar and ADR editor John Bowen — Hahn says there are certain things they don’t need to discuss anymore, such as atmospheres for the FBI office, the Soviet’s embassy (called the Rezidentura) or the Jennings’ home.

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Why resolution independence is an illusion
By The Unknown Artist

All professional editorial system now advertise “resolution independence,” and in some cases “frame-rate independence.” Avid was the last major player to the party around Christmas of 2014, cautiously launching resolution independence through its AMA.

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Quick Chat: Cogswell’s Assistant Professor 
Jonali Bhattacharyya

As the saying goes, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” This is a lesson the students in Cogswell College’s Digital Art & Animation program learned recently. When borrowing animation rigs for classes outgrew its usefulness, students were tasked with creating 3D animatable rigs for 12 original digital characters. They called this Project Avatarah. Assistant Professor Jonali Bhattacharyya and her students have now made these rigs, available free to the public, through open source.

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