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Todd Terry
Re: How to film seamless conversation with one camera?
on Jul 20, 2012 at 9:07:29 pm

[Kevin Schaich] "And if I film it three times and then use the corresponding audio for each individual shot when editing, I feel like the audio between the shots will be jumpy. "

Well, keep in mind that that's exactly how films have been shot since, oh, the beginning of sound film.

It's usual practice to shoot a master and then all your coverge from different angles and setups, getting new audio each time.

Part of the solution is making sure you have a good audio guy who knows how to get good clean and consistent takes that will all edit together seamlessly. In fact, really good boom operators will even ask the DP what the focal length of a lens is... because they know they should boom tighter for longer lenses, and looser for wider ones. I'm not talking about just keeping the mic out of the frame, but because a wide shot should sound as if the mic was a further away, and a tight shot should sound as if it is closer (and not talking about volume level either... but things like room tone or ambient sound on location in relation to the voice). Often you'll see a wide shot where the sound is actually an audio lift from a tighter shot, and it sometimes just "doesn't look right" even if the sync is perfect. That's because to your ear it just sounds like audio that was recorded much closer to the subject than visually the shot should warrant. The same is true with radio mics or any microphone actually worn by a performer... they may technically sound great, but they often sound too good, meaning the sound is very clinical and sterile... whereas a good boom mic will have a much more warm, open, and natural sound.


Todd Terry
Creative Director
Fantastic Plastic Entertainment, Inc.

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