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Dave Pullmer

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  1. Bag Cart

    I've really been trying to not wear the harness whenever possible this year... so far so good! This is a foldable handtruck I've been using from home depot with a couple utility pouches for wiring kit etc...
  2. Reading a client

    I wanted to start a discussion on "reading your clients". This may not be as important in sectors with relatively set rates such as union/commercial in my market, but surely applies to any negotiation we have. Working as a omb on anything from doc/commercial/epk/corpo I've been constantly refining my questions to get the info I need so I can provide an educated quote for the job. Every little bit helps, and after each negotiation I try to think of items I may have missed or how I can improve. Here are a few notes I try to keep on hand when gauging a potential job. Sometimes its all laid out clean and clear I find, but others require a bit more detective work... How do you approach this? Anything you would add? - how many talking heads on camera? - what/how many cameras are we shooting with? - description of shoot/storyboards - crew size? script/DIT/VTR/agency? camera dept size - 1st/2nd AC? - how many comteks required? - is this an in house production? or are you servicing for another co. ?
  3. On My Radio

    Was driving along today and heard a song that reminded me so much of Lou Reed - maybe it was one of his songs hidden in a late 80s or 90s album I hadn't heard before... turns out its a current band but hey, I'll take it! https://youtu.be/liXRe7t7v2M
  4. Bag cart DIY build

    Cool - interesting build!
  5. Signing out comteks

    On commercials we hand out what I call a 'comtek buffet' for the folks at VV. As mentioned above I've found it very effective for people to know where to return their headsets (...where they found it!). In the drama world there are a couple mixers in town that use the Bluetooth tracker app called tile. It's saved us a couple times, and allows you to name each gps chip you put in the ifb pouch. An extra expense, but we were happy to have it when the time came.
  6. Sennheiser G3 with cos 11D

    I'd recommend it, I went this route before upgrading to lectros and got through lots of gigs with them... you can use your G3s for camera hops later on and reterminate the cos11s when the time comes. Win win.
  7. I'm about to make a couple cables up for use as camera hops from a Sr receiver (TA3F - XLRM), and am curious if people commonly use mini star quad on their cam hop cables for the extra shielding it provides - or if this is an irrelevant consideration for an 18 inch cable...
  8. MKH50, Sennheiser vs Rycote mount?

    I've been using a bongo tie for strain relief with the stock Sennheiser mount, pretty much in the same spot the rycote invision mount has it built in just to lock the xlr down. Other than that little mod I've had no issues with that mount...
  9. #metoo and sexism in general

    With wiring non pro talent in docu situations, I've found the hide-a-mic 'bra holder' to be very well received by female subjects and has made for an even smoother wiring process as it's pretty simple to understand mic placement etc..
  10. Sony MDR 7506 coiled cable

    Thanks for sharing it!
  11. Sony MDR 7506 coiled cable

    Not my trick! But i was really happy to find that a while back myself - puts the cable at the perfect length for your ifb while booming/utility or mixing out of the bag. A small bit of extra weight on the cable but I don't mind it.
  12. Sony MDR 7506 coiled cable

    This is a good trick, I've done it to a few pairs of mine
  13. Looking Into Buying Zaxcom IFB

    +1 Working as boom/utility I've used the ERXs mostly on commercials. We've been using a RF venue CP beam to hit set (director/script/erx's on camera), and have been remoting a L-com omni antenna right beside village. For exteriors we've achieved up to 100 ft line of sight with the CP beam (though well always run a range test on the day). Range hasn't been as great with the omni so we'll generally not take any chances and get it as close to village as we can. I've only encountered 1 issue with interference on the ERXs - couldn't pinpoint the source but we changed frequencies on the ERXs and no problems after that. Hope that helps. Past the ERXs I've definitely found the lectro R1a's to be the most rocksolid of the bunch.
  14. Boom op-less

  15. Folding Bag Cart v1.0

    Quickfists - you can find em on amazon
  16. Folding Bag Cart v1.0

    I've been thinking of going down this route for a simple omb cart that would allow me to cut down on harness/bag wearing time, and hold my poles/cases when on the move. How have you been liking this set up? Anything you would change if you had to do it again?
  17. Safdie Brothers Talk About Audio on 'Good Time'

    Despite this odd interview I really enjoyed the movie! On top of directing, one of the bros also played a lead role in the film. I'm curious if it was a OMB doing sound on set - don't think I saw a boom op credit in there
  18. How to hide a Sennheiser ME 2 on talent

    I'd push to rent COS11s wired for G3s from a local rental house. For $10-15/day you'll be a happy camper!
  19. Need a new boom stand. Suggestions?

    Recently picked up this stand for a few travel gigs and its been working great. Been hanging my backpack off it with a carabiner and its been very solid. Thanks for the recommendation!
  20. High temperature lav mic technique

    +1 It's been getting hot up here, and when the skin or clothing gets soaked through a few non tape solutions can definitely save the day. Chest straps, and the hide a mic bra holder have worked well. For moderate heat i find iso prop and transpore are able to handle most situations.
  21. filming in a suana

    Haha! Now there's an idea. Yea, I think I may try a stereo pair of sm58s should the occasion arise.
  22. filming in a suana

    I may have the opportunity to record the audio of a First Nations sweat lodge ceremony on a documentary Ive been working on, and wanted to see if anyone has advice for what mics to bring for these conditions. The lodge is about 9ft × 9ft, a dome structure built with branches and covered by tarps. There's a pit in the middle that is filled with red hot rocks, and eventually water is poured on it creating alot of moisture in the lodge. We participated in the sweat lodge ceremony our last time up, but didn't document it. I've seen in this thread people have had success letting their mics warm up with the room, but I still feel hesitant about leaving 416 in there with the amount of moisture that is released. I'm leaning towards a waterproof solution, or perhaps non lubricated condoms over the shotgun... Any suggestions would be welcome, as recording in a sweat lodge would be a first for me.
  23. Rates & other tips when traveling?

    Copy that! thanks everyone for weighing in on this
  24. Rates & other tips when traveling?

    To clarify - are you suggesting bill the overnight flight as 1 travel day (full rate) and the shoot day as usual - totalling 2 days?