, 2022-12-24 09:36:52,
It won’t be an exaggeration to say that Dirk Maggs has revolutionized sonic storytelling. Working exclusively in audio entertainment, the British writer-director has now become the biggest name in the field. That’s mainly due to the massive success of his adaptations of Neil Gaiman’s DC comic series ‘The Sandman’ for Audible, the Amazon-owned audiobook and podcast service. Notably, the series was also adapted as a TV series by Netflix.
Directed by Maggs and co-written by him with Gaiman, the adaptations boast an all-star voice cast with names like James McAvoy, Kat Dennings, Taron Egerton, Samantha Morton, Bebe Neuwirth, Andy Serkis, Michael Sheen and Riz Ahmed. It spawned a Hindi adaptation in India with Vijay Varma, Tabu, Kubbra Sait among others in the cast.
In audio, directing works just as well as in film and television. And Maggs is to sound entertainment what Denis Villeneuve is to cinema. He creates almost hypnotic listening experiences that go far beyond a simple audio book, which is a direct narration of the written word. Under his direction, entire worlds come to life. Using sound effects and layered soundscapes, he creates audio experiences that, even without the presence of visual elements, feel rich and immersive.
A mega-hit with readers in the ’80s and ’90s, ‘The Sandman’ stories, which center on a powerful elemental being named Dream and his journey to redemption, have found a…
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