New Promo PHOTO: The Walking Dead Season 4 – Daryl (Norman Reedus) “Masked”
Image Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Maybe I don’t have an active enough imagination but the context of this The Walking Dead season 4 promo photo of fan favourite (especially lady-fan fave) ‘Daryl Dixon’ (Norman Reedus), looks to me looks like he is around something he doesn’t want to smell. The intent of the cropping of the shot may be to cause fans to ponder if Daryl is in some kind of danger because we cannot see his hands nor his iconic crossbow. My 2 cents is that he’s engaged in the perpetual task of downed walker clean-up duty. Four seasons in, some of those things have to be smelling pretty ripe.
The Walking Dead – Season 4 – Glenn and Maggie Image
The Walking Dead’s production sound mixer Michael P. Clark, CAS talks about what you can hear during the apocalypse and shares an unforeseen challenge from the set this season.
Q: What does the apocalypse sound like?
A: It’s dead! [Laughs] There are no planes, no trains, no traffic. It’s an interesting sound. And that’s something I have to create by eliminating sounds on the day of. We also have post-production for getting rid of any sounds we can’t get rid of when we shoot the show. It’s nice when you hear some birds or crickets or frogs at the pond in the background. When they stand out during the dialogue tracks, it’s actually pleasing. Apparently the zombie apocalypse doesn’t affect animals, although I’ve always thought it would be cool to have birds that dive bomb everybody because they’ve turned into walkers.
Q: Are there any aural obstacles that you simply can’t get around on set?
A: Not really. The post-production team does an amazing job. One of our biggest issues is the generators that have to run for power out on location. And working with the sound levels is always a challenge. I remember my first day on this show was the episode where Rick sees the ghost of Lori for the first time. And it went from a small whisper to complete screaming chaos. We actually mic’ed him with two different mics: one for his whispers and one for his screams. So when we deal with dynamics like that, we can’t just adjust on the fly.
Q: What were some particular challenges this season?
The Walking Dead – Season 4 – Robert Kirkman Interview
The Hollywood Reporter: If Frank Darabont’s run was described as nuanced and Mazzara’s was fast-paced, how will Gimple’s tenure be described?
Robert Kirkman: It’s a much more character-based story. It’s going to be more focused on who these characters are and what they’re going through. To a certain extent, we got away from that a little bit in season three. Coming into season four, we’re definitely going to know a lot more about these people so it will be that much more gut-wrenching and worse when we lose these characters.
THR: How is the show different under Gimple’s leadership?
Kirkman: More than any other showrunner, Scott actually read the comics regularly and was a huge fan before show existed and watched the first season and was a fan before he was brought on as a writer in season two. He absolutely loves the material. We are definitely going in some new directions and this will continue to be a different take on the material form the comics but there will possibly be some scenes that are a little bit closer to the comic than we’ve done in the past. Season four probably has the most number of scenes that are adapted directly from the comic series or very close to what we did. A good deal of that is from Scott and the way he views that material and puts forth that extra effort to work it into the show in a way that it all works.
THR: When does season four pick up? What kind of a time jump will there be?
Kirkman: There’s going to be a bit of a time jump. Some time has passed between season three and season four. It’s only a few months, we’re not nailing down the exact number of days or anything like that. The prison that we see is a very different prison and the characters that we see are very different from the last time we saw them. We go into season four with characters you’ve known for four years and still find new things to explore with them and new aspects of their character and see that they are growing and changing in extremely dramatic ways due to the strains that this world has put upon them.
The Walking Dead – Episode 4.06 – Title and Roles Being Cast
Episode 4.06 of The Walking Dead is called “Rise.” There are two recurring roles currently being cast: a single mother and former nurse named Laura and a tough and funny woman named Melody. The guest star role of ‘Don’ is also being cast; he’s 50-70 years old, is kind but sometimes grumpy, and has a granddaughter.
The Walking Dead – Episode 4.06 – Rise – Casting NEWS
Update: Danny Vinson will play the role of “Don”.