28th September 2017

Sound on Location

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Jill Lampert

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Fluff to help with wind noise

Jill Lampert began the evening with an introduction to the problems with using a camcorder’s built in mic or an on camera mic.  She also introduced the mics that Arthur used in his film Moving On.  These were on camera Rode shotgun mics, a Sennheiser shotgun mic on a boompole and Sennheiser radio mics.


On camera mic can be difficult to get near enough to the sound source


Rode NTG 1 was used on camera in Moving On

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Sennheiser shotgun mic with blimp and boom pole was used in Moving On

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Sennheiser radio mics were used in Moving On

The heart of this evening was Arthur Fletcher’s analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of these different mics in different situations and particular problems that may arise, such as clothes rustle with lavalier mics. The sound recording equipment that Arthur used was brought along for members to have a look at.

280917_Arf's presentation

Arthur Fletcher

Background noise picked up by shotgun mic

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Hugs caused a lot of rustle noise with radio mics

Gordon Hunt rounded off the evening with a look at what it is like actually recording sound e.g. how important it is to wear the right clothes so that they don’t rustle!  And he showed us how he built up a soundscape in a scene from I’m Losing You where there was no usable sound recorded during the filming.