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Olle Sjostrom

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  1. #metoo and sexism in general

    Howdy folks So, #metoo and all the other hashtags that follows in this tsunami of women not taking any more crap. In Sweden, 456 actors (women) originally wrote an article with testimonials of sexism and sexual assaults, harassments and other abuse, a few days ago. The number is now inflating and closing in on a thousand. Sweden is a very small country and that number basically says that nearly 100% of women in the business have been or witnessed sexual harassment or worse (forgive me if the terminology and wording is a bit off as English isn't my first language, please correct me if I'm wrong). I believe this problem really has to do with power, and the power structures in our business. Louis C.K is the newest example, and he explicitly says he took advantage of his position and offended these women. Weinstein was not so candid, but that's not the point. The point is that this is a power thing, right. The one in the higher rank thinks it's ok to treat someone lesser with a bad attitude, touching, pinching, grabbing "for fun". Or even luring people into sexual encounters or worse things. So I just assumed that people in the higher ranks, mostly male, producers, actors, directors, maybe DPs, could behave like this. I wouldn't think, for example, that a sound mixer would be sexist on set, trying to take advantage of actors. Just an example. In Sweden though, this other article comes out and there it is; a story about a sound mixer just saying something he (of course it's a he) thought was funny at the time. So the story is a young 20-something girl in an early role for her career goes to the mixer to be mic'd up. The lav is supposed to go on her chest. Her blouse accidentally opens up, I guess a button was already undone or something and it puts her in a very awkward position obviously. The mixer comments "I just had to look at your blouse for it to open up". (He's insinuating she wants him sexually). And it puts her off the whole day, having to work with him probably coming up to her to adjust during the day or whatever. She felt insecure the whole day. This story really took me aback. I had never heard anything like this in our field. I really hope this is just a one time thing.. Anyway, don't know where this thread is supposed to be heading, other than I guess talking about sexism and how we can change it on set. There's been so many stories about sexism on set in the US and I guess I was just curious to know how you guys deal with that. Or other stuff about sexism...
  2. Camera operator dies on set

    Tragic news again. Mark Milsome, a camera operator, died on set on Nov 18 shooting a stunt scene. Very sad. I don't have any connections with him, just saw the news. Very little is known about the actual accident, what happened and why. http://deadline.com/2017/11/camera-operator-mark-milsome-dies-stunt-forgiving-earth-bbc-netflix-drama-republic-1202212192/
  3. Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals 2017

    Don't forget about White Monday; where the aim is to sell off used items instead of buying new stuff all the time. This forum has great potential for that. Just a tip.
  4. #metoo and sexism in general

    Jan, Wow! Thank you Jan for that. I hate to think "boys will be boys" because it sort of gives them the right to be. Thank you for being so impolite with those people not showing respect. That's really what they need. To see that not showing respect just reflects it back
  5. #metoo and sexism in general

    Well it's a sort of predicament to the whole patriarchy, that certain higher ranked gentlemen are excempt from certain obligations.
  6. #metoo and sexism in general

    You are correct. The ways of being an ass are many. However, as the thread title might imply, I was suggesting that "being an ass" in this case was being sexist. I apologize for my being unclear
  7. #metoo and sexism in general

    I agree with all of you. Glad to be in a group of wise people. How about the sexism you see on set, I.E a director being an ass towards the others?
  8. Lectrosonics SMFLASK

    Cheers indeed!
  9. ADR with BG noise

    Maybe, this trick is one those tricks that the actor can appreciate right from the get go, since it sort of puts them in the situation...
  10. ADR with BG noise

    Hiyas! It’s truly been a while since I posted anything here it seems.. Anyway, nowadays I work in radio and there's just a different approach to everything, basically. One thing is background noise for example. Journalists like to keep things realistic, and therefore there's not a lot of recording separate backgrounds to add on later. If they want bg noise in their speakers/VOs they just record them in the environment they want. Sometimes at least. Most (99,9%) of the time they don't want the noise. Anyway. The other day this guy had made a similar VO, recorded in the street. But he got some facts wrong and needed to replace a few words. So he went in the studio thinking he could shoehorn the words in there somehow, failed miserably of course. Then we decided that he should do it over, but he wanted to keep "authenticity" of course. So we just took the handheld recorder he'd used in the street, in the studio, and played back another street noise in his headphones. That way he could sort of hear things the way he'd heard them when he did the original recording. Now, that got me thinking of how this could be used in ADR. Most of the time, actors will deliver a lot less volume and intensity than on set. I mean, I've spent hours on just trying to get an actor to actually louden his voice in order to get it right. Maybe hearing the background from the scene would help in that? I guess leakage from the headphones would be a thing, but it'd be covered by the real BGs later on. Dunno, is this already being used? I don't think I've come up with an amazing new thing here, just reality checking I guess. I know for a fact it's not being used at all in Sweden (that I know of).I used to love doing exterior ADR, just because it sounded a lot more like the real thing from the get go. It was hard to get there, but totally worth it in terms of performance. All the best to all of you!
  11. In the latest version of Reaper, there's a menu called "External timecode synchronisation", which takes an audio track and converts it to TC. At least that's what I think it does. Can't test it though. Just another FYI... I did try to setup a somewhat close-to on set location sound mixing project, and it IS doable, but it does require a lot of Metadata editing after the fact, since Reaper in itself can't write BWF metadata (unless there's a plugin I'm not aware of). And that's easily done with WaveAgent. So basically you could have your Reaper and your WaveAgent running at the same time, record in Reaper, have Auto-Render turned on (for redundancy; the recorded files are stored in one place, and the render files somewhere else. You can also record to multiple locations at once within Reaper), and switch to WaveAgent for metadata entry. It's not as quick or stable as BoomRecorder though, obviously.
  12. When lavs attack

    So it's not a lav shootout? With a duck?
  13. FYI Reaper will run under Wine in Linux. Haven't tried it myself but it explicitly says so on the site. So I'm assuming that it just works the way reaper does otherwise.(Trump'd say, "it's the greatest DAW ever") Just top of mind, Reaper would probably be able to do what you want, but it would require a lot of customizing and tweaking on your part. On the other hand, it's more than worth the money. I bet someone's already programmed a plug in to convert incoming TC Audio to actual timecode. (cus you can do that in reaper: program your own plug-ins) And metadata, well I guess you could rename your tracks as usual, with the characters name. And then you can batch the filenames, like making every file name be (*scenename-*trackname-*take).. Interesting. Will try!
  14. Zuca carts

    Very comfortable for sitting on! I bought the Artist Pro version. I know there's a rugged terrain version that looks sort of the one you got there. Great stuff!
  15. Beer

    Just wanted to show you this beer I got today. It's made real close to where I live. Must be a great beer for soundies! I'll give you a review soon;)
  16. So i need some advice

    Wrong group! We are sound mixers most of us, so you won't get the best answers here
  17. A little rattle in my MKH50

    There are those two black hex screws on the top and bottom, and then there's another in between the pins (IIRC) , and then you push it out of the tube by gently pushing the xlr pins. So no need to solder anything.. At least that's how I did...
  18. A little rattle in my MKH50

    One time, my mkh50 too had a rattle. I opened it and saw one of the switches was loose internally, it was easy to fasten again. Open it up and see what you can see is my advice!
  19. New Boom Pole at CineGear

    I'm sure they're great, just not a great name
  20. New Boom Pole at CineGear

    Looks cool. The threads on the bottom made me nervous. I can imagine the red ring getting loose over time introducing noise.. But I'd never buy anything from a company with that name. I never buy food from a restaurant with the name King or Best or anything like that either.
  21. Location audio dealer in Stockholm

    Oh yeah Akkurat is great too. Never been there myself, but so I've heard.
  22. Location audio dealer in Stockholm

    It you're in Stockholm, pretty much every little pub on smaller streets have some sort of craft beer thing going on. Södermalm is thick with those places. My favorite joints in no particular order: Omnipollos hatt (slussen) Brewdog Södermalm (there's also one on Kungsholmen) Nya Carnegiebryggeriet (Hammarby sjöstad) Katarina Ölkafé (SoFo, near Slussen) Babajan (a stone's throw away from Brewdog Södermalm) or any Monk's pub. I've never been, but there's also a Mikkeller bar in Stockholm somewhere, Mikkelles is a danish brand, but most of the pubs have local beer as well as the main brand. Have fun!
  23. Location audio dealer in Stockholm

    Hey wandering, definitely speak to Börje or Jan at Visono media. They're quick and good, not cheap though. Your other option would be to get in touch with Ljud & Bildmedia, www.ljud-bildmedia.se. You do have a fixer though, right? He/she should know this. Anyhow, have fun and enjoy Stockholm if you can. I'd buy you a beer if I were around and not having small kids
  24. Sooooo... Better or worse noise wise? The only thing I miss is the respect for the takes, and the concentration shooting film requires.
  25. Those motors sound a lot too.... Oh well. I'm glad the pullers won't have to put on any more boxes than they have to. I bet Steadi-ops will be happy too