With all the attention focused on a film’s visuals, its audio sometimes receives insufficient attention. The best cinematography and visual finish can be ruined by inadequate audio post-production, an outcome that separates the amateur from the professional filmmaker.
As an expedition-style-documentary sound mixer, David Ruddick has worked in some of Earth’s most extreme environments. From scorching heat to blistering cold, Ruddick knows the importance of having reliable gear on location.
Veteran sound mixer Danny Michael, whose recent portfolio includes three feature films The Secret Life of Walter Mitty with Ben Stiller, Non-Stop, with Liam Neeson, and the upcoming John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves. He understands the importance of capturing pristine audio in the field.
Location Sound completed their largest Q1 sale to Sony Picture Studio’s Culver City, California, which is undergoing a revamp of its production facility. Sony’s purchase of eight live sound consoles—five Soundcraft Vi4s, one Soundcraft Vi6, and two Yamaha CL5s— will be used for audience sound reinforcement as well as recording of production dialog.
Roland Systems Group in cooperation with DTS and Holophone microphones demonstrated 3D recording and monitoring for sound designers and location recordists earlier this month at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas. A challenge for sound designers in the field is monitoring the surround audio being captured. Through headphones they are able to monitor each channel of a surround image as well as a summed stereo image but not the resultant 3D image. Up until now, to truly hear what was captured in context, they had to wait until they were back in the studio playing the channels through a multi-speaker surround configuration. Now with the advent of DTS Headphone:X, sound designers can turn a pair of headphones into an impressive personal surround system.
Roland Systems Group in cooperation with DTS and Holophone microphones will be demonstrating a 3D recording and monitoring solution for sound designers and location recordists next week in Las Vegas at their National Association of Broadcasters show booth C8635.
Real-time tracking technology company BlackTrax recently appointed two-time Academy Award-winner Christopher Jenkins to be general manager, BlackTrax Audio. The newly formed division’s mandate is to focus on developing the company’s 3D and spatial audio applications and installations. Jenkins is keeping his job as president and CEO of Bisby Productions, a full service post-production sound company. Bruce Freeman, chairman at parent company Cast said Jenkins is working to incorporate BlackTrax in future projects that he is working with Bisby, as well as to introduce BlackTrax to the audio market. I recently spoke with Jenkins about his new role.
Aaton has introduced the Cantar X3, the successor to the Cantar X2 audio field recorder.
Sound technician Robert Maxfield just wrapped Season 4 of The Walking Dead and he says it’s one of the hardest shows he’s ever worked. On The Walking Dead, it is common to have to make quick cues between the numerous and spread out actors in various scenes. “We work outside a lot on this show,” he explains. “The actors are typically spaced far apart. The cameras, three on average, are usually spaced over a broad area and are placed at a great distance from the talent . . . many times throughout wooded forests. This requires that I be on a long ridged pole, that allows me to move quickly and precisely.”
John Powell relies on Lexicon for movie music.