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backfocus

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About backfocus

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  • Location
    Little Rock, AR
  • Interested in Sound for Picture
    Yes
  • About
    I own a production company in Little Rock, Arkansas. While I mostly serve as a DP, I often pick-up the audio bag and love to run sound. Most of the time this happens for out of town clients, who will bring in their own shooters, but are in need of a sound guy. I started in the business 20 years ago running sound and have ways tried to say current with the new gear. While I am a DP I believe that sound and picture go hand in hand to make a good production.
  1. Staff Me Up

    I get about six or seven jobs a year through them. Here there is a lot of New York and LA production companies that come in needing a second shooter or sound, mostly sound. Most of these jobs are for crime docs and shows that you would see on the ID and Discovery channel. Most are sit down interview type jobs and are really easy. I have always been paid on time, and the pay is usually what I would consider good for TV work. Plus a lot of the time I rent out my lighting and grip gear to them as well.
  2. Boom op-less

    I think you said everything you needed in this statement. They have no idea what they are really doing. Inexperienced camera guys if they say they have no time for a tripod. Very inexperienced director and or producers. They obviously have never been through a full post process with professional editors. I typically screen my potenial jobs pretty hard as most of my audio work comes from people from out of town. I am to the point I don't want to, and won't work with inexperience crews anymore. They either want it done right or they don't. I will always try to work with them the best I can but you just have to make them aware of the situation and what it will entail on the post side. It is silly to not do something right the first time when it costs more to do it a second time, months down the road.
  3. Living in Arkansas I was able to be on block 21for the last 15 years, so I was never in the 600 area. I know that was not an option for some people around the country as there was too much congestion in Block 21. However now that people have moved out of the 600MHZ I have more congestion in block 21 than before. I am going to start to upgrade my wireless over the next year to a wide band system to get a little more flexibility.
  4. Story boards and shotlists?

    When I am shooting I usually use a shot list and do the best to stick to it. If things get behind for whatever reason, we might look at cutting a few things, but this is mostly commercial production. When I work with other companies it is a mixed bag of having a plan, or it goes out the window as the day goes on. There is one company I work with mixing audio that never has a set plan and it is always interesting figuring out what we are doing. Back in July I worked a commercial shoot for USAA insurance. There were like 90 people on set that day, we had storyboards, shot boards, shot list, treatments all given to us the day before. That all went out the window after the first shot of the day.
  5. I really like my Tentacle system. I started with one and now have four, since I have been getting calls for bigger and bigger shoots the last few years. I would do as suggested above. You can get by with one Tentacle, but two would be better, just don't shut off the F8.
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