Field Recording Session

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Not so much in a “field”, but in my house (kitchen, living room), garden, and car. The aim was really to get used to recording this way. To see what worked best, and what didn’t work so well. Looking at different mic techniques and positioning, and looking at what sort of obstacles we’d face, and how best to deal with them.

Aims

  • To identify good micing techniques an positions
  • To see if actors working ‘on set’ together will increase performance
  • To find out what obstacles we’ll face, and how we’ll overcome them
  • To see if scripts flow naturally and authentically
  • To test sounds of different locations, indoors, outdoors, in car
  • To find out how much quicker and easier putting together location recorded audio in post production will be

Outcomes

  • Actors responded well to each other, both said they enjoyed it
  • Indoors, you can still be interrupted by external sounds (an ice cream van was doing the rounds, multiple takes needed)
  • Retakes from indoor recorded sessions were easily edited.
  • Retakes from outdoors was a different matter, passing cars, planes etc mean that flawless edits can often be impossible
  • This has implications, not just on retakes, but on page turns too, which need to be edited out
  • Homemade ‘boom pole’ must be handled with extreme care, the slightest movement is picked up in the audio
  • Recorded was mounted on a stand or tripod whenever possible
  • Even with the windjammer and low wind, sheltered conditions were essential
  • We recorded in stationary car. Retakes needed when dog was barking nearby

Going forward

  • Recording outdoors will be extremely weather sensitive, calm days are essential
  • Electronic versions of the scripts (on kindle or ipad) may prove more practical than paper
  • Audio should ‘roll on’ for 20-30 seconds after the final line of the scene, to give me room to fade the scene out naturally
  • Two H2 recorders may give better all round vocal audio, though this may require two sound people

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