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Avid Everywhere helps Foo Fighters write a love letter to American music on Sonic Highways
Taking the form of a recording odyssey around iconic US music studios, HBO has broken new ground with the Foo Fighters Sonic Highways documentary series, which commemorates the massively successful rock band’s 20th anniversary.
Directed by Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, the eight-part TV series sees the band travel to legendary studios in cities across the USA – Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington, D.C. and New York - to write and record their latest album, Sonic Highways.
Each episode features interviews with influential artists, producers and studio owners - from superstars like Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson, to recording pioneers like Steve Albini and Daniel Lanois. The end of each episode features a music video of the song the band have been recording in that show.
The challenging series depended on the Avid MediaCentral Platform deliver a fast, efficient and collaborative workflow, one that could handle 400 hours of footage per episode. It was also able to cope with the increasingly tight timescales faced by the production team and a crew of top-flight editors and audio crew, as they followed the band's progress.
Six video editors – Brian Lazarte, Scott Hanson, Grant MacDowell, Kristin McCasey, Lenny Mesina, and Meg Ramsay – each took the lead on one or two episodes. Sound mixer Jeff Fuller headed up an audio team that also comprised of a dialog editor and sound effects editor, while a team of post assistants ably supported the tight operation.
Building upon the Avid Artist Suite’s Media Composer® | Software and Avid Pro Tools® | Software, the editing and sound teams were able to establish a collaborative post production environment to contend with a monumental amount of footage. As the editors finished their episodes, they helped out on others, sharing sequences and footage, to meet the tight deadlines. The editors also collaborated closely with Grohl, and writer Mark Monroe. read more...