Windscreens and Mounts: The Basics

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

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Doing a Deal

Rick Patton on the set of “Bird on a Wire” in Victoria, British Columbia. Many young people working in the movies start off with a certain disdain for business. For them it’s about the work, about the film. Money is necessary but it’s not why you do it. Young filmmakers routinely beg, borrow, and steal […]

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Set Etiquette and the Chain of Command – Part 2

You have a responsibility to deliver good sound. It doesn’t matter whether you are the Production Mixer or the EPK guy. There will be times when you need something from the people around you, like quiet. It may be that the people around you will not give you what you need, even after you ask […]

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Set Etiquette and the Chain of Command – Part I

“Etiquette:  A code that governs the expectations of social behavior, according to the contemporary conventional norm within a society, social class, or group.” From Wikipedia What are the basic rules for how to behave on a movie set? Don’t draw attention to yourself. Wear dark colors and be quiet. Turn off your cell phone. Don’t […]

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