Shortly after winning a BAFTA Craft Award for its work on ITV’s Downton Abbey, Hackenbacker has announced that it has been recommissioned to handle the entire audio post for the show’s second series.
One of ITV’s most notable successes of recent years, Downton Abbey is written by Julian Fellowes and features a large ensemble cast including Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern (pictured).
The Carnival Films/MASTERPIECE-produced series will be mixed in Hackenbacker’s Studio One by Nigel Heath and Alexander Fielding. The facility will also handle all of the sound editing, ADR and Foley. Most of the work will take place in Hackenbacker’s main studio in Soho, London, with Foley recorded in Hackenbacker’s second studio, also located in Central London. For this series Hackenbacker’s audio team has also been on location recording sound effects at Highclere Castle in Berkshire.
“We wanted to capture the wonderful atmosphere of this amazing location and the best way to do that is to record the actual sounds in and around the house,” said Nigel Heath. “Our effects editor Adam Armitage found a wealth of interesting sounds at Highclere, they really add some lovely detail to the track – we hope to raise the bar even higher on the audio for the second series and our recording sessions at the house go a long way towards helping achieve that goal!
“It’s so nice to have Downton Abbey back at Hackenbacker, all of us here genuinely love the show and working with its makers. It was especially gratifying to see the incredibly positive public response to the first series.”
Series producer Liz Trubridge added: “I came to Hackenbacker with Downton Abbey on the strong recommendation of our executive producer and managing director of Carnival, Gareth Neame. I am delighted we came to this decision. It is always gratifying, with increasingly tight schedules, when the people we work with are willing to go the extra mile but I find the team at Hackenbacker do that and more....much more. The professionalism of Nigel and his team is both impressive and reassuring and their ingenuity in solving problems means that I often only find out about them after they have all been sorted or are well on their way to being so.”