Savalas completes sound for Shetland

Glasgow-based sound post company Savalas have recently completed work on the second series of the BBC Scotland/ITV Studios series Shetland, currently broadcast on BBC 1.

The show is a crime drama set within the remote northern archipelago. The area’s rugged and isolated environment presented a number of issues for the team at Savalas:

“To capture the essence of Shetland, we really had to go there. We spent 6 days touring the islands, recording beaches, harbours, cliff tops, towns and wildlife. The local dialect is a huge part of the sound of Shetland, so we corralled lots of willing Shetlanders into the cinema at Mareel and recorded them as they pretended to be police officers and the like," commented series Dubbing Mixer and Managing Director Kahl Henderson.

"These recordings became the basis for the show’s soundtrack and along with the original production audio, the foley and John Lunn’s amazing score, the sound of Shetland emerged.”

Christopher Aird, Shetland’s Executive Producer and BBC Scotland’s Head of Drama commented “It has been terrifically exciting to develop the second series of Shetland. I think people will find the show darker and more atmospheric.”