Geektown Behind The Scenes Podcast 14: ‘Normal People’ Sound Editor/Designer Steve Fanagan Interview
This episode of the Geektown Behind The Scenes Podcast I'm chatting with Steve Fanagan, supervising sound editor, sound designer, and re-recording mixer on the BBC Three & Hulu drama 'Normal People'.
Steve is an award-winning sound designer, supervising sound editor and sound re-recording mixer. He has worked on a wide variety of productions including tv shows such as 'Game of Thrones' and movie 'Room' starring Brie Larson and directed by Lenny Abrahamson, who was also one of the directors behind 'Normal People'. His also worked on the upcoming film 'Radioactive', which sees Rosamund Pike star as world-renown physicist and chemist, Marie Curie.
Based on Sally Rooney’s New York Times best-selling novel, 'Normal People' tracks the tender but complicated relationship of Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal) from the end of their school days in a small town in the west of Ireland to their undergraduate years at Trinity College. At school, he’s well-liked and popular, while she’s lonely, proud, and intimidating. But when Connell comes to pick up his mother from her cleaning job at Marianne’s house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers – one they are determined to conceal. A year later, they’re both studying in Dublin and Marianne has found her feet in a new social world but Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain.
In the interview we discuss Steve's work creating the uniqueness of the sound design in the series, where he had to balance sound appropriate to the story, its characters, and the director's intent and feeling. If you have any interest in sound for film and tv, it's a fascinating deep dive into what goes into creating the audio world of a tv drama.
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