Mandell Winter Interview: ‘True Detective’ and ‘Deadwood’ sound editor
“It was a very surreal morning,” reveals supervising sound editor Mandell Winter, who turned out to be a double-Emmy contender when nominations were announced on July 16. “I was not expecting it at all.” The audio veteran is competing against himself for Best Sound Editing (Movie/Mini) for “Deadwood: The Movie” and “True Detective,” so he’ll “have speeches for both and will double-check” the envelope should he win. Watch our exclusive video interview with Winter above.
Set 10 years after the events of its third season, “Deadwood: The Movie” finds saloon-keep Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) and Sheriff Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) once again battling against millionaire George Hearst (Gerald McRaney). Winter had never worked on the show before, but the crew “wanted it to sound familiar” to fans. However, “we were given the directive to make it a larger scale, to make it feel more like a movie. So we went in that direction as well,” while staying true to the original series.
He was on more familiar turf with “True Detective,” having previously worked on the second season of the anthology series. But this year’s Mahershala Ali-headlined installment wasn’t without its differences. “With season two, it was more inner city,” he explains, while season three was set “out in the rural country of Arkansas,” which required a new soundscape. But one constant when working on the show overall is that it’s “an exercise in restraint. Every sound that we hear in ‘True Detective’ is there for a reason.”
Prior to his current Emmy success Winter earned three Golden Reel Award nominations from the Motion Picture Sound Editors in 2016: two for episodes of “True Detective” and one for the feature film “Southpaw.” He has worked on such films as “Olympus Has Fallen” (2013), “The Equalizer” (2016) and “The Magnificent Seven” (2016), as well as the TV shows “The OA,” “The Resident” and “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.” He also recently lent his talents to the documentary “What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali” (2019).