Well, I just got my first paid gig as a location audio recordist this week. It's an independent feature and doesn't pay much, but I like the story and it's going to be quite the road trip across the midwest.
I'm going over the script now. It's about a father and son bonding during a canoe trip. I'm keeping an eye out for any dialogue that occurs while canoeing. If that's the case, I'm going to suggest that we do a wild take on dry land and ADR it.
I read an article a while back about a couple of sound guys recording audio while on a speeding boat during the last Bond film, Quantum of Solace. At one point, the boat bounced around so hard that the guys got tossed out of the boat with the equipment! Well, I won't be in that situation as this movie involves canoeing. Plus the budget is tight, I really don't want to even bother putting a lav on any of the actors while canoeing. But that may be the case. Has anyone been in this situation on set where budget and gear is limited and you have to record dialogue while on the water?
I've heard stories where the sound guy was standing chest deep in the pond while recording audio of kids paddling across the water. The boat wasn't moving fast enough, so he was in the water to push the boat along. It made for a more interesting visual for a news story. The guy is a fricking trooper! Anyway, I'll update this question as I continue to read the script. We start shooting on Monday!