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Audio is one the most important but least appreciated aspects of filmmaking. Your audience will notice if you don't put the same care and attention you pay to your visuals into your audio. In this how-to course, Anthony Q. Artis walks through many of the most common audio recording scenarios. Think of it like an audio "cookbook" with step-by-step
recipes for situations like conference panels, stage shows, and narrative dialog scenes. Anthony also shows you how to set up mixers, wireless mics, and booms, and make sure your camera is correctly set up to capture audio. He wraps up with troubleshooting tips covering a range of issues, from wind noise to echoes, and shows how to fix the problems you can't solve on set in post production.
Now like I said, traditionally, a narrative scene like this would be covered with the boom pole. But even then, sometimes you can't get a boom in certain spots. In that case, you might find it useful to hide some live mics on set, to pick up certain lines of dialog, or to cover certain action, depending on what your blocking is. In this particular scene, our actor is going to walk over to that window and turn around and look out. I can't really get a good boom angle from the back of his head if he's facing that way, and still be in position to pick up my other actor, who's also in the scene.
So, in this case, we're going to hide a live mic just behind that cabinet over my shoulder. It's going to be out of the scene, but still pick up this audio, crystal clear. But remember, you can hide a live mic anywhere on set, as long as it's close enough to the actor's mouth, for the proximity of the mic, and as long as it's not seen on camera.
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