August 7, 2020

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Dundas man to stroll pink carpet with neighbours after ‘shock’ Emmy win for Odd Squad

John Smith mentioned he was in mattress, scrolling by means of Twitter on Sunday when he realized the Daytime Emmy Awards have been taking place. 

5 minutes later, the Dundas, Ont. man and his colleagues have been introduced as winners of the award for excellent sound enhancing in a reside motion program for the PBS childrens’ present Odd Squad.

“It is fairly a shock really,” he mentioned, saying the win took him off guard because the days started to blur collectively within the pandemic. “It actually woke me up.”

“I misplaced some sleep after I discovered…[I was] excited as a result of I knew my household could be,” he mentioned.

Whereas his dad and mom and spouse have been thrilled, Smith mentioned his six-year-old son did not fairly acknowledge what the award means. His older boys are “residing their very own lives,” he laughed.   

That is Smith’s fourth daytime nomination and first Daytime Emmy win. He beforehand gained a Primetime Emmy for his work on the CBS miniseries Hitler: The Rise of Evil.

“It is good to be acknowledged in your work as a result of generally you are working actually laborious making an attempt to supply and create progressive sound and be leading edge — all these issues which I must proceed my profession and keep on prime of my recreation to have the ability to work on among the larger reveals that come up from the U.S,” he mentioned.  

‘That film magic’

Smith was accountable for dialogue enhancing and ADR enhancing and supervision, which is when the actors are available after the shoot to redo traces, whether or not that be for voiceover or for efficiency or technical points. 

Odd Squad, the place child brokers use math to unravel issues around the globe, used a number of wind machines on set that make a “heck of a noise.”

Smith mentioned they might re-record the actors in studio, reduce that into good lip sync, and added all of the sound results they wished again in, like electrical hurricanes or thunderstorms.

Due to the tons of of layers of sound, Smith mentioned editors would spend round 5 days doing sound stock on 20 minutes of program.

“It is a part of that film magic individuals do not even understand or acknowledge that it occurs,” he mentioned, describing sound’s means to immerse an viewers by means of eerie music or a tree limb tapping towards a window.

“So you do not actually discover it. You simply really feel it.” 

Smith has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy earlier than, and he laughed about his win coming at a time when he does not get to stroll the pink carpet

As an alternative, he mentioned he is trying ahead to performing out the second together with his neighbours, who can even give their very own acceptance speeches.

“They assume it is hilarious that they’ve a neighbour that is gained an Emmy up in Dundas, Ontario,” he mentioned. “That’ll be my pink carpet…we’ll make some enjoyable with it. “

A Genie and Gemini-award winner, Smith has accomplished sound results and sound design on David Cronenberg’s Crash and labored on Norma Jewison’s The Assertion.

His work on Tiny Fairly Issues  a collection on an elite ballet academy shot in Toronto  and Ginny and Georgia will come out on Netflix this fall.

He additionally labored on Antlers, a horror film produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by Scott Cooper, which can be launched in 2021. 

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