This is my first post however I've been following up on the forum for a long time now. I'm about to take an editing/restoration work and it seems like it will be quite a bit of a problem.
It's for a short film that will be sent to the Rotterdam film festival. According to the film editor: There are 2 long scenes that needs to be fixed. Long recordings of single mic (possibly shotgun).
I've checked the video exports and:
1) There are quite a lot of mic handling sounds in these recordings. 2 actors speak at the same time, speech levels are hugely different: one of them almost whispers and the other seems to be in normal voice level. On top of that add the background humming noise of lights (fluorescent)..
2) In another long shot I have 3 actors, it's quite dynamic in voice levels which I like since they are all intelligible. The main problem however is the reverb. It's recorded in a empty huge basement sorta place. And although I think it fits to the scene, the director seem to be in favor of having a very dried out sound..
So, I've been asked to remove mic handling noise, balance speech levels (between actors), remove background noise, remove reverb...!!
NOW, from what I've heard it seemed almost impossible to me (since it's single mic take), and if I'm wrong I dunno where to begin.
I was thinking of asking if they have recorded room tones and getting my hands on those first. Then applying some careful gating, and some Izotope RX magic maybe.. but I'm pretty unsure how to go about this.
Would you have any suggestions? Or should I just call the deal off? =)