Sunday, September 12, 2010
Blog written by Ann Michel and Phil Wilde, coprincipals, Insights International
A field production story
Back in the days before digital file recordings, back before camcorders, your field recording equipment consisted of a 20 pound video deck separated from a 10 pound video camera by a long thick cable.
The mics were plugged directly into the deck. Usually one had the luxury of working with a sound man (and in those days, alas, they were mostly men) to monitor and run the sound side of the shoot. The camera operator stood apart, focusing on the picture.
Our Big Problem
This arrangement works very well. Until the day someone neglects to attach the camera to the recording deck.
When this happened to us, our once-in-a-lifetime interview with two famous glass sculptors speaking to each other for the first and only time ever consisted only of sound.
Very good, clean, properly mic-ed sound, but no picture. Now what?
Fortunately, the two glass artists had plenty of artwork we could shoot after they left town.
In the finished show, we shot their sculptural works. We then cut back and forth, as if the sculptures were having a conversation.
In this way, they "spoke" to each other quite well.
Sound had saved the day.