Finally, the day has come the day of production most anticipated day for me as I mentioned before I hadn’t much to do during pre-production weeks so I was very excited and looking forward to it. Our plan was to meet at nine am to have at least an hour for setting up the equipment before actors going to show up, it took me less than that thanks to all preparations and I was ready to go. This time I was using Zoom H6 recorder with analog dial controls for gain on each channel, the colour screen with audio meters in other way you can call it an older brother of Zoom H5, Rode NTG 8 microphone which is perfect for location recording where a signal source is being recorded at a distance in either very hot or cold environments as it not only cuts out surrounding sounds but is also moisture resistant, Rifle microphone it quite good up close and at a distance and helps remove background noises that originate from behind the microphone.
We started our first shot with Adrian in a role of Stanton entering the rooftop of the carpark and my goal was to record sounds of the closing door and Stanton footsteps, closing door sound was recorded from inside to minimize surrounding noises to keep it clean, for footstep I extended boom pole to the maximum to get close as possible to the Stanton at the same time trying to keep out from the shot. After few shots one of the worst possible things happened it started raining but we predicted that this might happen so we were prepared and brought umbrellas with us and that actually saved not only our equipment but in overall our filming day, furthermore we didn’t expect that it’s going to be so cold especially in combination with rain as day passed it was getting colder and colder and at one moment it becomes hard to control my shivering I tried my best not to shake microphone as it might affect the audio recording also boom pole become so cold that it was barely possible to hold after few hours thank god I brought my gloves with myself that was a life saver.
At one moment I encountered a problem there was a shot of Stanton from the right side and the position of the actor was in very awkward place as I couldn’t get close to him with the microphone so I tried everything, get close from all directions and every time microphone was in the shot a second later an idea hit my head if I’ll try to lay on the ground but then I thought again is it worthy to lay on the cold dirty roof of the car park when I’m already freezing and in the end I just did it because you need dedicate all one hundred presents of yourself to you work if not one hundred and twenty.
During recording the audio, I faced a big problem the issue was the noise from roadways near carpark I tried to minimize the noise using recorders setting but I couldn’t remove all of it there were some other ways but it was basically impossible because I would need block all the direction from which noise comes but the thing is noises were coming from three hundred sixty degrees, also I tried to hold microphone closer to the ground to at least try to avoid some of the roadway noises.
Last thing that we at some point fell behind the schedule and we were rushing it as our time was limited at the carpark and that for sure going to affect audio quality because some shot takes were done only in one go and that’s not enough to produce all of the audio in good quality.
Zoom H6: very nice sound reproduction from a handheld device. As a recorded for outdoor projects has an amazing quality of the recordings. The colorful setup very easy to use and follow the sound frequencies, not to mention that very comfortable to carry.
Rode Ntg8 microphone: a professional broadcast-standard long-barrelled shotgun condenser microphone. The Rode NTG8 is the big brother of the NTG3 and the main difference is the length of the pickup range. The longer barrel of the Rode NTG8 allows for a much more focus pick up area at much longer distances, also he Rode NTG8 is perfect for location recording where a signal source is being recorded at a distance in either very hot or cold environments as it not only cuts out surrounding sounds but is also moisture resistant. Was the main microphone one the set and all dialogues were recorded with him as it helped minimize surrounding noises,
Rode Ntg2: used for film and videos, the Rode NTG-2 is very flexible and mostly can be used in all kinds of situations, but unfortunately couldn’t use it for a long time because was catching very loud roadways noises.
Rode Ntg3: is very similar to Ntg 8 only difference is that it can record sound on lover distance and easier to use as it lighter but in other aspects it’s same.
downloaded at royal free sound effects
2.Car door opening
recorded on the set
3.Car door closing
recorded on the set
4.Dress shoe footsteps
Foley sound was produced by spilling sugar on the floor and walked on it.
Was recorded on the set
recorded on the set
7.Car tires scratching sound
downloaded at royal free and edited
8. Door opening and closing
recorded on the set.
9. Car engine recorded on the set and downloaded form royal free sound effects to have a backup
1. Cucumber crunch
Foley sound was produced by chewing carrot.
2. Pouring tea
Foley sound was produced by pouring water from one cup to another.
3. Holing the driving wheel
Foley sound was produced by squishing bicycle handlebars with the hands while wearing leather gloves.
4. Sound of cup put on the metal surface
Foley sound produced by glass mug slightly hitting am meta plate.
5 . Elevator voice
The sound was downloaded from royal free and then edited to make it sound more like a computer.
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