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Proper way to boom dialogue between two people

If operating a boom microphone to record the dialogue of two people in a filmed scene, what is the proper way to operate and point the microphone? Do you memorize the dialogue and aim the microphone ...
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How to get into business as a boom operator

Here in Germany, many production sound mixers in film get booked directly by production companies. They often bring along their boom operator of choice. They seldom offer rookie trainig or internships....
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Tricks that help boom operators to memorize lines of dialogue

Hello fellow boom operators. I was wondering if you had any advice on how to memorize dialogue. During my last shoot we had 5 kid protagonists and a few other actors talking in one scene. While ...
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how many inch maximum to place microphone overhead to get quality/clean dialogue. i know there is no rules for this, but just lets share how many inch roughly, so we know what each of us have in our mind too..

i roughly place 6-8inch above overhead to get the quality speech from the actor. doesn't matter it visible in frame or not, later i will use adobe after effect to take out the microphone in the frame. ...
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Best shoes for a boom-op?

Hello! Just wondering what peoples' preferences are to footwear while booming in the studio? I currently use sports canvas trainers (or sneakers to all you across the pond), which don't squeak, are ...
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How do you maintain consistency between various locations?

Micing the host on a beach, to a location where the AC can't be turned off, to a completely reverberated hall... to... the voice over -- how do you maintain consistency in the mix and in the micing (...
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Contract examples for location recording...?

Hi Guys, Our company got into a sticky situation recently due to other companies squabbling over payments and the like and it made us think we needed to have a standard contract that we send out ...
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Insects love boom ops!!

So here's the scenario. You are boom opping in the forest (or anywhere in the countryside for that matter) and in the middle of a really important shot, you feel the prick of a fine needle, and as you ...
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Attn: Boom Ops - How do you stay in shape?

I have a question regarding boom oping. A friend of mine asked me what exercises he should be doing to improve his stamina and strength when doing 10 to 14 hour day boom oping. He finds it very ...
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Boom pole tricks to reduce handling noise.

Someone gave me a boom pole to test out the other day and while testing it out I noticed: A) It didn't have a cloth-covered-cable inside it so the cable slapped the inside of the pole and made noise, ...
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Edirol R-44 Sound Operation & Sound Levels

Hi all! I've been roped in at the very last minute (this morning!) to do the sound for a lo/no film, and have been supplied with an Edirol R-44 recorder. This was pretty daunting as I'm quite new to ...
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Boom Recorder Software

Hi all! I was offered to be "the sound guy" for a recent lo/no short film, and was kindly offered a shotgun mic and boom pole for the job. I was planning on recording onto my laptop (since I don't own ...
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First sound technician role!!

Hi all! I'm cautiously venturing into the sound-to-film world, and have landed a non-paid role as boom operator/sound technician for a local community video project. Needless to say I am a little ...
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What does the future hold?

Not exactly a sound design question but pretty relevant all the same, so here goes...Yesterday I was at a wedding here in France and quite a few of the guests were working in the sound department for ...
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What does a boom operator do?

I would like to start a series of discussions about roles within the sound team for new comers to the industry. I am hoping that users who have professional experience within this role can explain ...
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