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while this is a good place for the image, we actually discussed the commercial in its own thread a while back....

Actually, I think the way she is holding the pole is pretty good, I wonder who the TA was ??

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Well, if it is the 1st shot of the commercial, she is not wearing phones. If it is the last shot, she is booming a person in a space suit with a closed  helmet. Not the way most would record this type of shot. But commercials are as real as a picnic on Mars.

CrewC

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cmgoodin   

You win Crew.  Besides micing a person in an enclosed Helmet with an overhead boom.  With her bright clothing on a pitch black set she would also be reflected perfectly in that position in the spherical glass visor of the Astronaut.

A perfect lesson on what not to do when booming on a real set.

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- from "High Noon", 1952

 

Looks like the fishpole is a piece of lead pipe with a rather heavy microphone on the end.

(and no, I was not the mixer on this one)

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PR NUNES   

Photo1: Altyr Pereira in "Flores Raras" director Bruno Barreto, Brazilpost-5898-0-97275900-1406126272_thumb.jpPhoto2: Altyr Pereira and Laura Zimmermann in "Flores Raras" director Bruno Barreto, Brazilpost-5898-0-89522700-1406125926_thumb.jp

pictures by Yussef Kalume

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The next thing I noticed, is that it appears that the boom operator has a video monitor, I imagine velcroed, to his left wrist, and there does appear to be a wire off of that device.

 

I'm sorry I don't know the gentleman's name, but I like the shot.

 

The monitor on the wrist sounds like an amazing idea.

 

According to IMDb, the boom operator for Lucy was Lionel Dousset.

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attachicon.gifHigh Noon-1952.jpg

 

- from "High Noon", 1952

 

Looks like the fishpole is a piece of lead pipe with a rather heavy microphone on the end.

(and no, I was not the mixer on this one)

Jeff,

I'm fairly confident that the mic is an AKG D25. I still have one but sadly I don't have the wind-gag. The gag was perfectly round about nine inches in diameter.

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While a little monitor attached to you or the pole seems like a good idea, it's very easy to get caught looking at it and miss critical things happening in the space around the image. Extras crossing underneath, off camera actor standing up who happens to be sitting under the pole, missing an ad-lib or a change in pacing indicated by body language, etc. I had a wrist monitor for a day before getting rid of it.

A little monitor to keep an eye on framing during or between setups/takes could be helpful, but most mixers should be able to warn boom ops of the operator pulls out or zooms in unexpectedly.

Very cool photo.

Robert

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While a little monitor attached to you or the pole seems like a good idea, it's very easy to get caught looking at it and miss critical things happening in the space around the image. Extras crossing underneath, off camera actor standing up who happens to be sitting under the pole, missing an ad-lib or a change in pacing indicated by body language, etc. I had a wrist monitor for a day before getting rid of it.

 

Seems to me that the boom operator in the picture is definitely focusing on what he has in front (the action / scene). My assumption is that he uses the small monitor just to keep check on his frame line. I think it's especially useful when camera does not stay still.

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Laurence   

True... you'd have to be able to watch 10 things at once in order to keep an eye on the extras, the actors, the dolly, the lens barrel, lots more... AND still be able to glance quickly at a video monitor without skipping a beat.  It's call "booming."

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I'm going to be using the Teradek Clip on my next show to send video to my iPod touch with a battery I'm my pocket and cable running out of sleeve. Works well to get a look at framing before, but using it during takes is helpful as well, but obviously not as a primary source.

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Many VTR ops using Qtake these days can stream video through a Wifi plugin that allows anyone to connect to their system via iPhone or iPad etc.  Perfect for a reference frame while booming.  

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Lorenzo Millan, mixer on "House of Cards", booming, We were selling something. Can't remember what.

 

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Len Schmitz booming, me wearing a bag. Selling something for Verizon.

 

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Len Schmitz booming on the final season of "The West Wing."

 

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Maryland Lottery spot, Lorenzo Millan standing by.

 

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Carol Everson flip-phoning me between setups. We were selling insurance.

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