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About Shaws32

  • Birthday January 1

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    Sherman Oaks, CA
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    swimming, biking, hockey, iOS programming, musician
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    I'm a production sound mixer based out of Los Angeles, CA. I started doing sound with a home recording studio years ago and moved into production sound when I moved out to southern California.

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  1. That's hilarious. I guess my article is already written!
  2. Jim - I had a similar experience this Summer out at Zabriskie Point... shooting a documentary with Slavoj Zizek. The wind was gusting at probably 20-30 mph, blowing right through the Zeppelin. I did the same thing by putting my MKH60 in one of KTek's socks and then inside the Zeppelin. That took care of most of the wind. The DPA 4063 lav I had completely enclosed in a furry scrunchy and that was actually really quiet. In the end, I was pretty pleased with how clean both sounded. Thankfully, we didn't have any trucks out there!! Jay - thanks for sharing about the cold. I love the picture in my head of the "argument/discussion" with camera department over the batteries. Congrats on winning that discussion! I hadn't thought about the cables becoming brittle but I'm glad I've been using Canare Star-Quad for my XLR runs and most of my patch cables. Good advice about the compressed air as well. Do you guys ever negotiate with production up front to have them pay for cleaning the gear after a shoot if you know you are going to be out in the desert for an extended period? Or do you just consider that part of our own maintenance cost?
  3. Hi All. I'm putting together an article for P3 Update for December's issue and the topic I've been given is Recording Audio in Extreme Weather. It's a short article, only 250 words and they are mainly looking for product placement so I have enough content to write it. But this article has me fascinated by the topic and I am interested in hearing people's stories about weather related problems they've encountered and how they were able to solve them. Most of my work has been bag work around LA so the weather's consistently nice. I have worked in extreme heat in the desert where dust has caused the most problems... and I've worked in the rain... but I would love to hear from all of you who have been able to work on shows like Deadliest Catch with cold and salt water... or from people who have worked in extreme cold conditions like the Arctic... or maybe struggled with extreme moisture and humidity in warm, tropical locations. Any stories you feel like sharing would be awesome! I would love to learn from your experiences. Some of the things I'm putting in the article so you don't think I'm just trying to have all of you write it for me... RAIN Condoms (non-lubricated!!) to protect transmitters. 'Mighty Fix It' (Rescue) Tape to wrap connections where the lav plugs into the TX... I've had sweat from bodies during a fitness video run down the back and short an SMv... Remote Audio's 'Rainman' as a way of helping keep moisture and the sound of raindrops off a boom mic Silica Packs - to absorb moisture and help keep gear dry M.T.O. Unlimited - Sound, Audio, and Slate slickers DESERT Dust is the main problem I've experienced... getting in everything. Connectors. Inside gear. Compressed air - to blow dust out of gear. Touch screens can be 'touchy' if left sitting in direct heat UNDERWATER Voice Technologies VT500WATER COLD Heating packs???
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