“I saw that Lectrosonics was the answer for me. The important thing is that they’re rock solid.”
Buftea, Romania (April 11, 2023) — The hit Netflix series Wednesday, starring Jenna Ortega in the title role and directed by the master of gothic quirk, Tim Burton, follows the adventures of the Addams Family daughter character. First introduced in the 60s American TV series as a young girl, we now see her as an adolescent sent away to an unusually eerie boarding school. Not so apparent to the audience (unless they are avid readers of the end credits) is that the show is shot, both in studio and on location, in Romania. Production sound mixer Liviu Lupsa brings the show dialog in with his vast toolbox of Lectrosonics gear — SRc Series dual-channel receivers; VR Field modular receiver system; SMQV belt-pack transmitters; SMWB and SMDWB miniature wideband transmitters; HM and HMa plug-on transmitters; IFBT4 IFB transmitters; and IFBR1, IFBR1a, IFBR1b, and IFBR1c IFB receivers — for wireless mic and IFB systems.
Buftea, Romania, about 20 km outside the capital city Bucharest, is the very definition of an “industry town.” It was a small village some 70 years ago when the Communist government of Romania decided to build studios that would produce feature-length movies that were dense with propaganda. This studio complex would become the largest in Eastern Europe and would fuel the growth of a whole town of film production workers and their families. As in Hollywood or any industry town, generations follow generations in production work here in Buftea. The Iron Curtain fell more than 30 years ago, but Buftea Studios and its skilled workforce live on producing not only Romanian-language film and TV, but also productions in English and other languages. Lupsa was himself born into this Buftea tradition and is now highly sought after for sound work; his credits include The Contractor, starring Chris Pine; The Romanoffs, starring Diane Lane; Flowers in the Attic: The Origin, with Jemima Rooper and Max Irons; and Mirrors, with Kiefer Sutherland.