Emmys: How 'American Horror Story's' Sarah Paulson Became a Two-Headed Woman

TV's top sound editors and mixers reveal some of the tricks they used to re-create then manipulate reality.
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This story first appeared in a special Emmy issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Craig Dellinger, Supervising sound editor
Homeland (Showtime)

After the Pakistanis replace Carrie’s (Claire Danes) medication with a more potent drug, she enters a sort of heightened reality. "We played up things and punctuated things to build the paranoia," says Dellinger. "The main thing was taking real elements and giving them a pop or reverb to make the dialogue sound more intimidating."

Bruce Litecky, Production sound mixer
American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)

"Sarah Paulson played a two-headed woman and needed the telepathic voice of her twin to be played back in her ear to act against," explains Litecky. "Sometimes the other head was CGI and sometimes a noisy animatronic. I worked with her before each scene to prepare these alternative voice playbacks."

Jeffrey Kaplan, Supervising sound editor
Chicago P.D. (NBC)

How do you create a realistic car chase? "The toughest part is getting the right perspectives, including the right type of car sound, acceleration. You might have three different perspectives for the motor, such as inside the car or from the tailpipe," says Kaplan. "Everything is rebuilt — gunshots, tire squeals — and together you have to make it sound natural."

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