Jan McL

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    Sound. Motion. Stillness.
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    Indie film and television production sound mixer.

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  1. Concur. Began my last project by presenting the craft services king with a small jar of homemade raspberry jam. He happened by just as I was contemplating who'd been especially good to us recently. The rest of the shoot I got a cuppa every morning as soon as power was run to his tent. Huge win.
  2. Wow. DPA: pushing the envelope to fit a very large object.
  3. I find the 4060 slims excel in NYC's high-rumble background BS and are therefore my first thought. Lo-sens 4063's for the biggest/bassiest voices. High-sens 4060's for the whisperers. At least that's what I'm doing now and I think I like it.
  4. Hope it's not a hijack to brainstorm rain protecting the forthcoming ZMT Phantom from Zaxcom. Fairly new to beta testing, but come to enjoy the process a lot. It's a, "Lest I become too comfy," thing and an exciting process that brings me into thinking company with the people who make the stuff that allows us to do our jobs. Anyway, after not-that-gently begging Glenn, Colleen and Eric for years to get me a new 992, they have some up with this ZMT Phantom I've had my hands on since 4/24 or so. It's now May 11. Holy shit; but that's for another thread. Gotta protect it in the water. This collected from a FB thread on the same subject [big thanks to whomever made the link]. I'm gonna try one soonest. http://ambient.de/en/product/qwb-re/ This is v2 of Gene Martin's excellent pole mount that's working a charm. V3 will support the little Lemo <--> cropped XLR cable. Maybe it's the fabric from the linked pouch but configured the better to go around this device? My boom op loves it so much.
  5. Some good soul made the additional image that clarified things for me when I had the same questions.
  6. Relative to placing the ZMT's, today I used Topstick Roll from Manhattan Wardrobe Supply: https://www.wardrobesupplies.com/products/topstick-roll Stuck it to the lady's shirt just behind her arm (out of arm-swinging range) and and below the bottom of her bra. Stayed put during skating scene. Excess cable in the bra. Used the original/prototype Sound Guys Solutions 90-degrees-to-the-pole mount stripped of the pole mount piece (belt clip guts) which has a flat side to which double-sided adhesive may be applied without potentially pulling out the battery door open or pulling off the button cover. Same mount to plant two 4098's for two talkers shouting through the heavily-glassed front door to an urban apartment building inside an exceedingly-small marbled foyer <--> long, narrow marble hall. No boom on the far side of glass. No fuss. I think sounded just right, catching the sound of the reverbed determination from the page --> performance. Begin with an inch of 1/2" Joe's Sticky to rough it in and hold it in place until the 'H' paper tape was quickly done; I worried not that the tape job might fail.
  7. This is JUST RIGHT, Gene. I love it!
  8. Visors. Yup.
  9. How are you placing the 4098's in the car? As you note, it's very directional. I'll add that too close provides a lamentable proximity effect. But the side lobe! Don't forget the side. In the placement pictured found that when the driver unexpectedly delivered a portion of his speech to the driver's side window, the passenger-side mic caught it from the window reflection. Admit this rig sounds like a car but they're in a car so...
  10. Spent a little time at DPA site having a gander inspired by your post Pindrop and your thoughts about the suspension and foam since I've had to make a DIY suspension from time to time when 4098 is used as a plant and lamented foam loss. RIP foam. Wish I felt like spending some money! While there noted they have a short gooseneck extension accessory (microdot --> microdot) that might be handy in a pinch. Wait for the right podium / courtroom scene to pull the trigger on a longer version of the 4098 --> XLR and desk stand. Just had both my 4098's to Denmark to repair the tube attachment @ $105 each. Was surprised that the replacement tubes were grey (read not black) as Matthias shows above but there it is. Guess that's why the lord made black sharpies.
  11. I would do what others suggest or something, but given a budget, I'd really like to try setting one (1) suspended 4098 / 3 people. I'll have to draw a picture. This would benefit from a carpeted room. + additional boom operator. One stick / camera operator.
  12. Thanks for chiming in PJ. Sounds like the Irish Sound Contingent needs a Mixer Mixer to talk things through. A lot of regions have started to get together regularly in bars to share information: Atlanta, NYC, LA for sure. I'm in IATSE Local 52 (our NYC union) and primarily do narrative work. Our rates are higher than the union contract hourly rates in Atlanta, but lower (I think) but close to LA's rates. Cost of living undoubtedly figured in during negotiations. Does that €350 cover both labor and gear? If you've read this thread you know that SOP in the US and elsewhere is to separate those line items. Sounds like you might benefit from a drink with the camera people with whom you work toward strategizing. "Let's figure out how can we together make more money?" would be a likely opening gambit. Is there someone else he'd use were you to suddenly go 'Diva' on him? Talk to those people. My equipment rate is tightly tied to my market. At one point--after some awards--I asked for and got above-market rate for both labor and gear. So far--a few years--those higher rates have stuck. Having difficulty raising them from that but figured out some other cash flows into the department. I'll keep looking for more ways.
  13. We had big overlap on a cable show and after I said to the established director, "I know you know how this overlap will limit your options in editorial. Just a reminder," he said "Yeah, I know but performance." Happens a lot. I don't take it personally and make a note on the sound report that this is what the director wanted. The followup to the post super i usually a, "Sorry. How did it go?"
  14. Welcome to the sound business! Based on your first questions I humbly prescribe a few doses of shadowing time on some other productions and with as experienced a crew as you can manage. Bring a notebook to write down your questions so you can chat at lunch. I have a draft email with all the questions I need to ask and stuff I do as I prep for a job. Relative to your questions: Ask the production secretary for a crew list and that you be on all the pre-production distro lists, including pre-production schedule Crew list will yield the 2nd AC's contact A week or two out, text or email the 2nd AC and ask for the make/model of camera(s) and how many bodies. Now you can make sure you have and have studied the relevant parts of the manual (menus/time code/audio inputs/levels, etc.). For longer-form narrative projects, this is when I ask if they're ordering face plates and if so, provide make/model of my slates. Note the camera checkout date on the pre-pro schedule and contact 2nd AC during that day and ask for the software version that's on the cameras. Re-read camera manual. Send the production secretary your crew contact info and your equipment inventory asking that a Certificate of Insurance be issued As the UPM when there will be a workflow teleconference and when (if) a sync test. Things like scratch audio to camera(s) and track assignments may be addressed during a workflow conference. The DP should be in attendance so once these things are established there can be no pushback from DP or his camera department on the job for anything you need to do at camera or with slates. I have a workflow memo email that I constantly refine that is tweaked and forwarded to the post super a few days before the workflow conference. There's a lot more, but...well hell I'm going to paste my most recent workflow memo: Historically, sound mixer is responsible for sync. I proudly carry on that tradition. As Whit Norris once said, "We are the Master Clock! How cool is that?" Others have addressed intersecting with the camera department. It's a diplomatic dance we do with all the departments, especially delicate with camera probably because they are in the center of the frying pan. Timing. Respect. Never touch anybody's stuff without asking. Ever. Choose your moment carefully with the 2nd AC relative to touching the camera. Each one will prefer you engage with them and their camera a different way. Their sandbox; their choice. That's all the time/energy I have this evening. Wishing you the best of luck.
  15. Hi OyinSound. Good question. Here are some ideas; forgive me if I underestimate your experience since you don't give us much information: Learn the name and contact information of every sound person within driving distance of you and meet them over coffee/lunch/beer. What gear do they own? What kinds of jobs do they work on? Who do they work with? What is their particular expertise? Share war stories. Take notes and make a database of all this information. Do the same research for your region (more than driving distance). Whenever you have time, go through the data base and get in touch with your now-living community of colleagues and make updates including birthdays, wife/husband and kids' names. Do the same research relative to all the production companies. If there is a film commission, find out what information they have and how to get that information. During down time, check with them. Start figuring out an exit strategy. Do the numbers. Make sure you've got an increasingly-large financial buffer so that when the slow times come you're not freaking out about money. Take note of when the slow times come each year and use that information to schedule some kind of learning or fun. Keep up to date on the industry. There is more stuff, but you get the gist. Good luck!