IndyCar 36 is a new series focusing on the life of an IndyCar driver for a 36-hour period, giving viewers their first real opportunity to go behind the scenes with a driver, including pre-race preparation, as well as all of the drama on the track and from the pits during an actual race. IMS Productions is producing these 30-minute features and contacted Earshot Audio Post to mix the inaugural episode, which features driver Tony Kanaan. An IMS Productions crew followed Kanaan, driver of the No. 11 GEICO | Mouser Electronics-KV Racing Technology w/ SH car, during the St. Petersburg race weekend. Earshot’s Rick Such engineered the mix in Studio A and the episode will air on the new NBC Sports Network (formerly Versus).
The timeline to finish the episode was tight. The pre-race footage and the race itself had been shot from Friday through Sunday, with video editing and the storyline development being established on the fly. The episode was then broken up into four segments; each delivered to Rick just as soon as the video was edited. For this project, no additional sound design was needed outside of the natural sound elements that were provided. It was Rick’s job to quickly and ehttp://www.earshotaudiopost.com/wp-admin/edit-tags.php?taxonomy=link_categoryfficiently mix a complicated slew of sound, including the announcer voiceover, on-camera voiceover, music, and all NAT sounds provided, such as race coverage, the announcer calls from the broadcast, pit sounds and crew conversations. Rick began the process Thursday morning and finished late Friday evening – just in time to have it delivered for layback, as it had to be in the hands of NBC Sports the following day for broadcast.
IndyCar 36 is produced by Dan Huber, edited by Mark Ohl, and shot by Matt Purkes and Blair Miley – all with IMS Productions. Special thanks to Steve Stiles for coordinating Earshot’s involvement.