I'm new to this forum but have quite a few questions packed in one for a shoot I'm doing soon.
We want to record a scene with a subject waiting in a hospital reception (no dialogue), and create a sense of space and isolation (the world going on despite you).
Recording Ambience I'm only ever recorded dialogue with a boom and shotgun thus far, this is my first foray into ambience. I've considered the following:
1) Shotgun mic high up pointing down in the center of the room.
2) XY set up with stereo mics. If this is preferred, any recommendations on what mics and how to avoid beginner mistakes?
3) MS set up. I only seen examples of MS being done for studio/band recordings. Is MS used for film as well? If your side mic records a sound (kettle boiling) from one side and you duplicate the track, phase invert and pan, will you get kettle sounds from left and right problematically?
Shots with Dialogue We've managed to get our hands on some lav mics. I'm not sure how best to record the ambience along with the lavs.
I'd like to be able to have a track with the ambient sounds of the room and space to control the sense of space in post; any recommendations on how to achieve this? A shotgun mic recording along with the lavs? Room tone taken after the scene is shot? Stereo mics?
Thank you very much for your help!