CineMontage speaks to the sound editors of hit Netflix show Narcos about what it’s like to create the sound for the gritty show about Colombian drugpin Pablo Escobar.
“Because the show is a real-life action drama, and is intermingled with real news footage from the time, it was important to capture a realistic 1992 Colombia,” says supervising sound editor Randle Akerson. “The producers wanted busy, chaotic, gritty atmospheres for the Medellín barrios; [sound effects editor Dino DiMuro] had done a great job putting that together. But as the episodes progressed, they were also asking us to create weird and sometimes even dreamlike atmospheres for the rural fincas [Spanish for large farms or plantations] and rain forests, giving us some opportunities for nice contrasts. And of course, they also wanted awesome — but realistic — action scenes with guns, bombs, trucks and the whole works. Dino has done a great job with all of that.”
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