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  • Captured sound on location

    Posted by james villarica on January 10, 2021 at 1:31 am

    When we use shotgun microphones, we always have them very close to the actors, otherwise, we use lav mics and hide them behind clothing.

    However, when watching behind the scene shots of real movies, I sometimes see them with their shotgun microphones held too far away from the actors.

    Do they really use on location recorded audio or is everything dubbed in a studio later on, after the filming? Thank you!

    james villarica replied 2 years, 7 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Ty Ford

    January 11, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    Hello James and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum,
    It’s impossible to say from still shots what was going on at a particular moment. It cold be that the director called for a wide shot and that’s as close as the boom op could get. The Sound Mixer would then alert the director and note on the audio report that shotgun audio was probably not a good choice.

    There are also situations in which the boom and mic are actually in the shot, but will be painted out in post. This happened in “House of Cards” among many others. I recall watching HoC the first time and about half-way through the first show thinking, “Wait a minute! I’m hearing boom sound, not lav sound!! WTF! I confirmed that the mic and boom were painted out in post.

    Ty Ford

    Cow Audio Forum Leader

  • james villarica

    February 11, 2021 at 1:04 am

    Thanks Ty ?

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