January 21, 2019

Principles of Boom Operation

I wrote this article a few years ago for my old blog. I got a TON of great responses from it, so I thought I would resurrect it again, especially since I just shot a new microphone placement video (seen at the bottom of this page). I've made some updates and edits to the article as well. Quick disclaimer on this article: There are many different boom operation techniques. While some are better than others, there is no one way that trumps the others. There are many different ways to boom op, but what matters is the end result, not so much how you got there. So I offer the following advice as a collection of the knowledge that I have gained … [Read more...]

David Sonnenschein’s New Webinar Series

David Sonnenschein - author, scholar, sound designer, and friend of mine - is hosting a 6 week webinar series. I've attended a number of his seminars in the past and they are wonderful. I was able to present some of my work during one of the sessions and got live feedback from David as well as many of the other designers attending online. It's cool being able to get feedback from other professionals in that manner. Anyways, here are the details for the series: SOUND DESIGN FOR PROS - Free Intro Webinar Aug. 24 presented by David Sonnenschein, author Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects in Cinema Live … [Read more...]

Blog on Boom Operation Coming Next Week

Hey all, One of the biggest problems in indie film making is the sound. These problems start on set. Therefore, I'm in the process of writing a very extensive article about the art of boom operation. I've found that it's rather difficult to find information about boom oping online, so hopefully this will be a great resource to those who are interested in becoming an op and those who are going to op their own indie films. Stay Tuned! … [Read more...]

Tutorial Series

As many of you know, aside from doing my freelance work, I teach production audio and SFX recording techniques at Full Sail University about 8 - 10 days out of the month. I am constantly working with high end gear, and writing tutorials on how to use it. One thing that I have noticed, and that many of my students have mentioned, and I'm sure all of you know, is that there are very few resources out there on production audio. If you want to know how to sync timecode wirelessly between a Deva V and a Sony EX3, you have to find a forum and hope someone else has done it and knows how to. If you want to stripe TC onto your 5D from your 744T so … [Read more...]