Spotify presented the second season of Splendor, his podcast based on real crimes committed in Mexican territory. Damián Alcázar acts as narrator –repeating the role he had already played in the first installment–. At a press conference, an event in which Cinema PREMIERE was able to participate, both the actor and the writer Fernando Benavides were present, as well as Javier Piñol, director of Spotify Studios in Latin America. Based on their respective comments on this proposal, we give you several reasons to listen to it:
Damián Alcázar returns to narrate the second season of the Fausto podcast.
Sound design above all
For this second season of Fausto on Spotify, sound design was one of the most important elements. According to Benavides, they did not want to be inclined to use sounds like a radio soap opera, but for the public to be as involved as possible. This was achieved by combining the testimonies of the actual stakeholders, as well as some extremely chilling music. Everything so that when you put your headphones on, you feel hooked.
The compelling nature of the chosen case
The first installment of Fausto brought us closer to the first multiple murder that was registered on a national scale, but these new chapters focus on the disappearance of a woman named Elena Velázquez, which occurred in 2004.
The complexity of the structure
The second season of Faust takes production to another level.
On a technical and narrative level, the second part of Faust presents a plot much more planned and, therefore, more heartbreaking and deep than the first season. With the case already established, the challenge was to level it up with respect to the original, land it on paper in such a way that, as the creator says, it would scare, but appeal to its audience. On this, Benavides says:
“I think the difference between one and the other is that this story is more complex. That’s what I like. The two seasons offer a different point of view, or lines in themselves different. The first season was perhaps not that complex, it had a very linear path that was: ‘Let’s go for the bad guys’. The difference with this is that a plot develops. The characters are very complex, more structured; the story has twists and turns, every detail that is mentioned makes sense in a denouement. […] We were with three lines [de tiempo], investigating them, to see which was the one that gave more fruit, and well, finally we decided on this one, because of the twists of the screw that it has, so interesting ”.
The voice of Faust
As was done in the original, prominent Mexican actor Damián Alcázar returned to give life to the web of darkness that makes up Fausto. On his creative process to put his touch on each episode, he tells us:
“In the first season, Fernando had a whole investigation, including journalism, he had many of the photographs and chronicles on the subject, on the case and it was brutal, it was tremendous; Besides, it was my first confrontation with [él, el creador], this young researcher who was proposing a script to narrate. I remember saying to him, ‘Hey, who are the other actors to do the other characters, or am I going to do it myself or what?’ He told me: ‘No, they are real characters’, so there was the brutal, terrible surprise. I happened to be finishing reading Goethe’s Faust, which I enjoyed for a long time. […] That was one way in. […] I loved the second one, also literarily much more complex and that made it too [apto para decir]: ‘Well, we have to overcome what we achieved in the first one’, so it was a question of the text and the director who was there ”.
The second season of Splendor is now available on Spotify.
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