There’s a great feature up on Co.Create on how the sound design for hit series Breaking Bad is made.
Co.Create: What is unique about the way audio is used on Breaking Bad?
Nick Forshager: Most (hour-long) shows average about 38-42 minutes of music, and on Breaking Bad we’re down to 10-12 minutes on a 40-minute, almost 50-minute episode. For the sound of the show, the space is really small. There are a lot of intimate scenes that take place between two or three people that are very tight.
What makes it unique is the sound; we don’t really look at the world around us very much–we look at the space between the two people. So, if you had a scene set in Saul’s office, or at a dinner table, it’s all about that intimate sound that makes the scene. It’s a hand gesture, it’s a chair-creak.
The actors bring so much into that already, but when we put the sounds in, it gives you a feeling in that space–you can really sense how the emotions are coming across, partly because the sound is so small.
Read the full feature on the sound for Breaking Bad here!