If you take a stroll down internet lane (or one of those fabled book stores from before COVID-19), you will likely be able to find a plethora of books about filmmaking. You’ll find them from directors, actors, producers, and sometimes even cinematographers. What you are very unlikely to find, until now, is much of anything about production audio. Coming from a career spanning 4 decades, … Continue reading HIGHLIGHT: Behind The Sound Cart: A Veteran’s Guide To Sound On The Set – by Patrushkha Mierzwa
Is Synco’s Wireless System the next big thing in the Pro Audio game? Nope. Ease of use. That’s the thing that this system really has going for it. From unboxing to functioning at its best is a short trip. Open box, add batteries, plug into recorder, auto sync channels, dial in “volume” on the receiver, and go. So how is it so user friendly? … Continue reading Synco, The Next Big Thing?
Recently I found myself with an opportunity to try out DPA’s 4098, a podium microphone, as a plant mic. The scene: a taxi driver with a passenger in the back seat. The dialogue was in arabic- so I didn’t understand a word, but I definitely heard them as clear as day. The 4098 is a super-cardiod, gooseneck mic and is available in a variety of … Continue reading Tips and Tricks – DPA 4098
There seems to be this nothing in our industry that TA connector are somehow the future, better than what we’ve used in the past. And in some regards that is true. Lectrosonics adopted the TA5 connector and set the stanard for how TA5 connectors should be wired for use with a lavalier. The TA3F/M earns its nickname “mini XLR” because it follows the same … Continue reading TA4 Connectors are Bullshit And We All Know it
Yesterday Sennheiser “soft-announced” the long awaited arrival of the Sennheiser G4. The Sennheiser G3 has been on the market for nearly a decade. In that time 100,000’s of units were sold. And before Sennheiser releases the G4 this April here are some odd facts about the G3 units you probably didn’t know. You will notice that the URL links to some the source material have … Continue reading Sennheiser G3: A Retrospective
So I was interviewed for Matt Price’s blog SoundRolling.com. Matt contacted me early last week and asked if I wanted to come on his show and chat about being a sound mixer. Matt is an amazing presenter and really made me feel comfortable coming on his show. Here is the 1.5hr video interview. At one point in the interview one of the audience members asked … Continue reading Sound Rolling Interview: Andrew Jones
I posted near the end of last year about my expendables tray. A few people were doing it and for some odd reason my post got a lot more response than I could have imagined. After I posted it I also got several messages asking me about the little spray bottle in the kit. It never hit me that carrying around a sprayer that cleans … Continue reading #Gross
How do you lav an actor? Professionally! No, that is it. It’s that simple. This article isn’t about how to HIDE a lavalier, its about the process we go about to do it. Surrounding the recent Weinstein scandal it was also announced that the co-creater of Broad City has fired a couple of men on the show because of sexual harassment. One of the men … Continue reading How Do You Lav An Actor?
There are lots of pieces of equipment that sound mixers use on a daily basis. We are all familiar with the big stuff, like mixers, recorders, microphones, wireless systems, and boom poles, but there are little things that often get over looked and not thought about until they are needed on set, and it can be an issue if you don’t have them. In this … Continue reading 5 little things every sound mixer needs in their kit:
Humor, Life On Set Los Angeles – After 4yrs of not working together Director of Photography Jose Martin and Director Amy Smith are finally working together on the upcoming Disney TV Movie “Rock The School.” And it has become apparent that Amy may be regretting promising Jose that they will do all of his dream shots “on the next movie.” “This movie is going to … Continue reading Director and DP work together again on “their next movie”, budget explodes.