When Only the "Right" Kind of Microphone Will Do

This ‘Mindhunter’ promo needed something very, very specific. Territory studio delivered.

Ian Failes
December 3, 2019
Befores & Afters

If you’ve watched David Fincher’s Mindhunter series about the development of the FBI’s Behavioural Science Unit from the late 1970’s through to 1980s, then you’ll already know there’s a certain kind of meticulousness to the Netflix show in each episode.

Well, that same kind of detail was added even to this promo for season 2 of series that got shown on social media. And it all revolved around…a microphone.

Tasked with creating a mic in between agents Ford and Tench in a police interrogation cell was Territory Studio, which also handled a few other clean-ups in the push-in shot.

Here’s the story, step-by-step, of how Territory – led by VFX Supervisor Simon Carr and VFX Producer Robin D’Arcy – researched the prop itself (even taking a used version apart), modeled it in CG and finished the shot.

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Mindhunter Season 2 VFX Breakdown by Territory Studio

November 1, 2019
Territory Studio

Charting the development of the FBI’s behavioural science unit in late 1970’s USA, and based on the true-crime book ‘Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit‘, Netflix‘s TV series required an effortless recreation of time and place.

We worked with the production team behind Netflix’s second season of Mindhunter, initially to produce a promo shot which was published across their social media channels, and then to create some stand-alone VFX shots. The scene shots ranged from creating CG backdrops, torches and microphones, to recreating authentic vehicles and helicopters for search scenes. This fascinating series allowed us to become part of legendary Director, David Fincher’s world.

From promo shots…

With microphones providing a pivotal accessory throughout both seasons, we were asked to create a teaser recreating their iconic first microphone, which also features in the opening credits, in CG. The teaser was used across their official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels before the launch of season 2, garnering hundreds of thousands of views.

… to final scene shots…

Providing final shots in 6K meant working in the finest of detail, at the highest quality. Working closely with Fincher, and the producer, Peter Mavromates, feedback was precise and invaluable, making for a smooth and speedy process. From researching types of trees for the woodland car scene, to playing with atmospheric lighting and weather conditions, we enjoyed this project from start to finish.

Watch the VFX Breakdown reel videos

Thanks to Vincent Frei and The Art of VFX.

Deep Dive. Show, Don’t Tell: MINDHUNTER

Jackson (Twitter)
September 30, 2019
Skip Intro (YouTube) (Patreon)

“Show don’t tell” is common writing advice, but in a show with no action, how does that work?.

Stream Theory – The First One: Disney+ Pricing, CBS + Viacom Merger, Mindhunter S2

Skip Intro & Thomas Flight
September 12, 2019
Stream Theory

A guide to Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu as they compete in the ongoing streaming wars and what it means for the stuff you actually watch.

Listen to the podcast: Apple Podcasts, Spotify

What Makes Mindhunter So Compelling? An Analysis

Thomas Flight
August 16, 2019
Netflix UK & Ireland (YouTube)

Mindhunter is not like other crime shows. In this video essay, Thomas Flight explores some of the inventive techniques creators Joe Penhall and David Fincher employ to inject drama and conflict into the show.

This is a detailed analysis of the ways in which Mindhunter pulls the audience into the lives of its characters as they explore the minds of some of the worst criminals on earth.

Mindhunter’s Brilliant Editing. A Breakdown

Thomas Flight
September 25, 2019
Thomas Flight (YouTube)

Todopoderosos: David Fincher (Vol. II)

VIDEO IN SPANISH

Todopoderosos (@todopoderosos)
Agosto 27, 2019
Espacio Fundación Telefónica (@EspacioFTef)

Castillos de naipes, chicas tatuadas, botones menguantes y hambrientos del like. Han vuelto los Todopoderosos para contarnos todo lo que se les quedó pendiente sobre David Fincher.

O sea, Rodrigo Cortés, Javier Cansado, Juan Gómez-Jurado y Arturo González-Campos. Que alguien llame a los mindhunters.

Juan Gómez-Jurado (@juangomezjurado)

Autor de libros como La Leyenda Del Ladrón, El Paciente, Cicatriz o su reciente Reina Roja, un autor traducido a más de 40 idiomas, y una de las mentes más intrigantes de la cultura española.

Javier Cansado (@cansado2)

Un ilustre ignorante que demostrará que ambos adjetivos son falsos en su caso. Uno de los grandes cómicos de este país y un comunicador que, cada día, hay que descubrir. Se afeita regular, eso también lo tiene.

Rodrigo Cortés (@rodrigocortes)

Rodrigo Cortés ha hecho una película dentro de una caja y tres fuera. Escribe libros, habla por la radio y huele genial. Una vez se quedó atrapado en un ascensor con Carlos Boyero.

Arturo González-Campos (@arturogcampos)

Durante muchas noches ha gritado en La Parroquia de Onda Cero, escribe libros, hace guiones y es monologuista, la prueba viviente de que un feo también tiene lugar en este mundo.

#TPFincher

Gracias a Jesus Cao

Todopoderosos: David Fincher (Vol. I)

MINDHUNTER. Season 2 – Interviews with the Cast

Updated: September 11, 2019

MINDHUNTER Stars Talk Charles Manson, Serial Killer Obsessions and Tyler Durden

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August 9, 2019
Jake Hamilton (YouTube)

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The cast of Mindhunter

Marah Eakin
August 15, 2019
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Mindhunter Cast Talks Season 2

Jim Halterman
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TV Insider, TV Insider (YouTube)

Jonathan Groff, Anna Torv Tease ‘Mindhunter’ Season 2 Serial Killers

August 16, 2019
ET Canada (YouTube)

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Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub
August 17, 2019
Collider, Collider Interviews (YouTube)

The cast of MINDHUNTER discuss their feelings about serial killers!

Shawn Edwards
August 19, 2019
FOX4 News Kansas City (YouTube)

Mindhunter Cast Have Fun in Pittsburgh

Shawn Edwards
September 3, 2019
FOX4 News Kansas City (YouTube)

Holt McCallany Speaks On The Second Season Of Netflix’s “Mindhunter”

Kevin Polowy
August 16, 2019
BUILD Series, BUILD Series (YouTube)

‘Minderhunter’ Star Holt McCallany on the Show’s Success

Arthur Kade
August 29, 2019
Celebrity Page TV (YouTube)

Shoot Your Shot – Mindhunter’s Holt McCallany Discusses Favorite Serial Killers Over Tequila Shots

Wil Fulton
September 10, 2019
Thrillist (YouTube)

Jonathan Groff Sings a Voice Memo as Frozen’s Kristoff for Jimmy’s Kids

Jimmy Fallon
August 13, 2019
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (YouTube)

Jonathan Groff Imagines a Musical ‘Mindhunter’ Episode

Audrey Cleo Yap
September 4, 2019
Variety (YouTube)

Lauren Glazier Talks Season 2 Of Netflix’s “Mindhunter”

Matt Forte
August 16, 2019
BUILD Series, BUILD Series (YouTube)

Criminally Speaking: Albert Jones

Michelle Dubya & Raymond Dowaliby
September 10, 2019
Criminally Speaking (SoundCloud)

Damon Herriman on Playing Charles Manson in Once Upon a Time… and Mindhunter Season 2

Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub
September 10, 2019
Collider Interview (YouTube)

Michael Cerveris (‘Mindhunter’) on mind-melding with David Fincher and performing country Christmas tunes with Loose Cattle

Sam Eckmann
November 25, 2019
GoldDerby (YouTube)