Summertime, and the living is easy… but as always, that’s about to change. For many in the world of Television production sound, late spring/early summer is a much needed time of rest (called “hiatus,” in the industry, usually a couple of months) that comes between the wrap of the prior season and the beginning of the next. The 16-hour days, week after week, take their toll on us, but it is also brutal on our equipment. In addition, trends change, equipment advances, and we should always be refining the way we work. But whether you work on television series, feature films, reality TV, commercials, news, or whatever, my advice is the same: after some much needed rest, when cabin fever sets in, remember that continued success depends on being prepared. Here are some ideas to help you get ready for the next run.
Trew Audio invited FCC experts Bill Ruck and Lectrosonics’ Scott Woolley to talk about the importance of applying for a license as a production sound mixer. Watch the videos here as well as download a PDF packet of the application and other helpful worksheets.
Punk’d, U.S.-based MTV’s hidden camera show, prides itself on leaving viewers hungry for more pranks when they surprise the most recognized celebrities. With Clear-Com’s intercom solutions, the Punk’d production team was able to carry out even funnier jokes in its ninth season. Clear-Com’s Eclipse-PiCo digital matrix and Encore partyline intercom […]
Watch Glenn Sanders from Zaxcom around 9AM PST as he demonstrates an all digital sound bag, shares the latest about the Nomad and more! Feel free to chat in your questions…
One way I keep my hands and ears in sound mixing for film and video production is to fill in for Trew Audio customers who, for one reason or another, need someone to fill in for them. So, when Kevin Smith’s usual sound mixer, Atlanta-based Whit Norris, found himself booked […]
Manfred N. Klemme, passed away on Friday, July 2, 2010 after a long battle with multiple Myeloma. He was born in Alberta, Canada on March 13, 1939, and moved to California in 1980. Klemme spent many years with Nagra Hollywood. While there, Manfred was at the center of many industry […]
The classic blimp-shaped microphone windscreen: It’s the most iconic image of film and video sound. Even people who are not in the business relate to this because they see it everywhere; on television news, behind-the-scenes movie productions, and when passing by a film production. That familiar shape bobbing around high […]
The human hand can be a reasonably good suspension device. In most film and video production situations hand-held mics are not effective, one arm is too short. We need to mount the mic on a rigid pole. The rigidity of the boom pole is where the problems begin. Boom poles transmit vibrations rather well, some better than others. Many clever people have spent decades trying to build a device, a shock mount, to put on the end of the boom that will do what our hands can do so easily. Read full entry »
This past June our Tyler Wade and his staff at the Trew Audio Toronto store hosted an evening of information and discussion regarding some elements of the Sound for Picture Workflow. Our panel of experts for the evening included Charlie Parra of Denecke, Kyle Kurbegovich of PS Toronto, Julian Daboll […]