Meet the Emmy award-winning dad who makes Sherlock sound good

Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch

Doug Sinclair

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A former musician has won a prestigious award for his work on BBC series Sherlock.

Doug Sinclair and his colleagues at Bang Post Production faced off against the technical staff of big-budget American shows to bring home the Emmy for outstanding sound editing for a mini-series, movie or special.

And the Christchurch dad, who flew to Los Angeles to pick up the award, said it was a “great day” for the company.

“We ended up going to the ceremony at the Nokia Theatre – we were up against shows like Fargo, American Horror Story and Mob City, which are big US series,” he said But it wasn’t the first time the company had been nominated for the award.

“During the second series of Sherlock, we were up for an award, but it felt like a long shot,” Mr Sinclair said.

“This time, we were much more hopeful about our chances.”

The team were also considered for a second Emmy during this year’s event.

Mr Sinclair said: “We were also up for a sound mixing award as well, although we didn’t win that one unfortunately.”

Bang Post Production launched in 2006, and Mr Sinclair first worked on the sound for the BBC revival of Dr Who.

Since then, the company has seen many successes, including winning a BAFTA award in 2012 for Sherlock episode A Scandal in Belgravia.

Mr Sinclair supervises a team of people who provide sound post-production, including dialogue and effects.

He said: “The job is really to make sure the viewer doesn’t notice anything unusual about the sound.

“Most of it is added in a studio after filming, and includes everything from the slam of a car door to crisp dialogue. It’s a huge job and it does take a lot of time to get exactly right.”

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