‘Saints and Strangers’: Mayflower voyage showcases sound editing

The acclaimed “Saints and Strangers” told the story of the founding of America. This two-parter, which aired last Thanksgiving on National Geographic Channel, first depicted the voyage of the Mayflower in 1620 and then the struggles of the Pilgrims with the Native Americans during their first year in the new world.

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Many of the rave reviews made mention of the elaborate production values, especially during the transatlantic crossing. Leading the sound editing team — which was responsible for all of the various sounds be they dialogue, ADR, incidental or effects — was one-time Oscar nominee Victor Ray Ennis (“Drive,” 2011).

At this year’s Emmy Awards, “Saints and Strangers” is eligible in the catch-all category of Best Sound Editing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Special. Ennis and company have already been recognized by the Motion Picture Sound Editors. They lost their recent bid in Best Sound Editing (Long Form Dialogue and ADR in Television) to the crew from “Bessie.” That telefilm contended at last year’s Emmys. Of the other MPSE nominees, which were culled from those programs that aired in 2015, only “Scream Queens” and “Tut” are eligible at the upcoming Emmys as well.

Nat Geo Emmy submissions: ‘Saints and Strangers,’
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