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Mike Westgate

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  1. Having been a studio boom operator for 3 years at the start of my career now it may be a chance for producers to lean that experienced boom ops are a valuable commodity! So often productions now have relied on the sound mixer using lavs and faint at the suggestion that a second boom is necessary! mike
  2. Re: NZ Holiday You will be be put on two weeks isolation no questions No takeaway or food delivery but you will get free hotel and food Enjoy the view of the car park! mike
  3. It's all about what did the producer book you for 1/2 day or one day If a day turned into 1/2 a day you had no chance of accepting a a late job to fill in! If you rent a car for a day you can't take it back at lunchtime and say I'll only pay for half a day! mike
  4. Only upgrade when you have been solidly booked for big job! mike
  5. Great to hear Phil - wow good girl! Regards mike
  6. Trey I spent a week shooting in HK 10 years ago I guess a lot of HDTV stations have eaten up the 500/800 areas by now Best ask our HK member what frequencies he is using to avoid TV or from where you can rent mike
  7. Hi Fred I have a great track of 50's cars and some motorbikes recorded in a small NZ town They were under my control for several minutes during a film shoot about a quaint NZ character Please contact me direct or via details on my website It is 48K 24 bit and recorded with a Sanken stereo mike Cheers Mike
  8. My experience with this problem is that large bras often creak due to the stress!! mike
  9. Hi Philip, In the lack of any information I would simply do a test at -20dB of tone fro 1K to 15K in order to see if the tape you have gives a realistically flat response. If you get into re-biasing you would also need to adjust record amp for H2 and H3 distortion I used to align my two 4.2 recorders and got it down to a fine and satisfying art Good luck mike
  10. Great stuff Jez! I have been involved with SOUTH SEAS New Zealand's best "film" and video school for over 20 years 1/ Don't allow people to bore and confuse you with technical stuff 2/ Listen to experience 3/ Ask questions 4/ Hands on and earphones on are critical 5/ Examine your results and seek advice 6/ Volunteer to work with industry professional 7/ See how they manage and solve problems 8/ Experience, experience, experience ! mike
  11. I carry wig clips in a range of colours Middle of the forehead gives the flattest frequency result mike
  12. Try shooting on a tropical island covered in palm trees for 7 weeks! Everything is covered in noise night and day . Mike
  13. Although auto mixing is here, good sound needs skill, experience and management and prevents time spent in post production! mike
  14. I have worked with NZ and America actors (usually young) who are so quiet because they think that is "dramatic" OK it can work in a closeup or dramatic scene but when they do not match the other actors or they cannot be heard then thy need constant advice from the director! I one said to a young actor I knew that there was nothing to record - too quiet! "do it know or do it later" mike
  15. Hi I would use a stereo mike on a stand above head height and about 5 feet away Group the singers so they are about 10 to 12 feet in a row with taller singers behind Remember singing can have a wide dynamic range so rehearse if possible mike
  16. Room tone or background noise can be useful in sound post. Less so if music is being floated over the scene or interview. Use the microphone you used When in doubt just do it straight away! mike
  17. Neither towards you, but the struggle to get results on location can often overwhelm the appetite for tidyness and order - sorry! mike
  18. All true guys, make it logical and simple But I've worked with so many clapper loaders who are dyslectic!!! mike
  19. For commercial work I place my Comtek transmitter on the video split unit so it automatically fed either live for takes or playback as needed. Work well except when the operator fuddles and it's an immediately a "sound" problem! mike
  20. Yes, I found the scissors quite creepy! Attached a pic of my EMI block that I bought in the 60's when my nickname was CHAS It has seen many hundred of editing hours! mike
  21. Nice products but for RF it should be 50 ohm mike
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