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46 CINEMONTAGE / NOV-DEC 14 THE WALKING DEAD The Season 5 opening of The Walking Dead entitled "No Sanctuary" was mixed, like the previous seasons since the show premiered in 2010, by the re-recording team of Dan Hiland, CAS, handling dialogue and music and Gary Rogers, CAS, overseeing sound effects on Stage 1's AMS-Neve DFC console, assisted by recordists Chuck Hamilton and Mike Jimenez working in a separate machine room shared by Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4. The re-recording team, which has been together for 18 years — and worked previously on Smallville (2001–11) and The West Wing (1999–2006) — also oversees the mixes for several other TV shows, including Arrow for The CW Network and The Leftovers for HBO. There are three nine-hour days allotted to mix The Walking Dead in 5.1-channel sound, according to Hiland. "The first two days is for the main Mixes Well with Others RECORDISTS AND RE-RECORDING MIXERS COLLABORATE by Mel Lambert portraits by Wm. Stetz T hese days, it takes a team of talented post-production professionals to prepare soundtracks for motion pictures and network/cable TV programs. At the heart of that creative process is the collaboration between a re-recording team and recordists — working behind the scenes to ensure that audio and video assets are loaded onto playback systems and that the mix elements are recorded onto the appropriate media, ready for delivery to clients. To cast a spotlight onto the complex ways in which such collaboration provides the key to efficient TV and film post-production, CineMontage reached out to two such teams: the one behind The Walking Dead, a Golden Globe Award-winning cable TV series that debuted its fifth season on AMC Network October 12 and is re-recorded on Warner Bros.' Stage 1, and the crew who worked on the feature The Interview with directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg — due December 25 through Columbia Pictures — at Sony Pictures Studio's Cary Grant Stage. The Walking Dead. AMC Network

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