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  • Birthday 03/18/1970

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    Sound Recordist for more than 20 years, with a strong taste in documentaries.
    Based in Marseille - France
    Half based in Nairobi - Kenya
    French and English speaking
  • Interested in Sound for Picture

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  1. That definitely means bad communication with the director beforehand. In my experience communication and mutual understanding is crucial in documentary. Much more than gear. I am not saying it cannot happen but if it does and you did not anticipated it, then that's on you.
  2. I would also recommend to stick to a mono boom but make good use of your MKH30 for ambiences and music. Why dont you get yourself an MKH40 to pair with it in set once and for all MS rig? Of course you won't boom with it (although I do it sometimes for music and wallas but not for dialog) but you will be able to get nice ambiances and the folk music on a stand or magic harm. Depending on the situation it can happen that you have time to set it up in a room you shooting in with the camera on stick, plug it in your mixer where you already plugged your boom or keep the plug not too far, then you c
  3. Wow, just started it and I am very impressed in the way she managed to express in writing things that are usually inexpressible or just felt and unspoken. I am of course talking about the human relationship part that is 80% of our job. Not necessary because one would not want to speak about these things but because we tend to see them as instinctive or oversee them as "acquired", learnt or plainly part of us, therefore not worth talking about. But reading about these written in an acute and lucid way not only reminds us that we constantly keep on learning but moreover brings a whole new s
  4. Hi, I now go to Kenya regularly since 2017 (I did Wanuri Kahiu's "Rafiki" feature film). Indeed there is unfortunately no proper sound gear for a feature gig in Kenya nor anywhere in East Africa. We rented and have it all freight from France then, and same for another feature in Tanzania a year ago. When you ask around local colleagues you can find some stuff for TV jobs or documentary but not really proper radio mikes for instance. A couple of sound devices recorders (633) and pro mikes can be found. I have my own gear for docs though so I don't really need to but I have rented a Ne
  5. Thanks for the test. My preference goes to the Schoeps. I found the DPA a bit flat here (and even too thin when used with low cut on + hight boost on, but what is the point of the hight boost on in that setup?). Whereas the Schoeps sound nice to my hear both with and without the CUT 1 on. Both are great mikes of course.
  6. Hi, I just watched a short documentary made in 1950 by Henri-georges Clouzot who was planning to shoot a documentary in Brazil. In this short he presents the project and film his team. We can briefly see some equipment from that era. You can watch it here: https://www.cinematheque.fr/henri/film/122297-brasil-henri-georges-clouzot-1950/ One shot really intrigued me. He presents his sound recordist who seems to be using an optical recorder that he has brought in his appartement. I have never seen these and would be curious to know more about it if anyone have some
  7. For my music jobs I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the german brand Sommercable. I am using Sommer Cable Quantum Highflex Multipair 4, and 8 for up to 20 meters multipair connections. They are not starquad but, like the Canare you gave link to, the advantage is each pair has its own insulation ( basically you have 4 cables put together in one bigger insulator) so that you don't need to connect a breakout, you have what you called the fan version. You just need the XLR connectors and some large thermal sleeve to make a nice and rugged finish. But no advantage for you
  8. I am not at all convinced by the suggestion of a 2d TX with fresh batteries for actors to change themselves: I would much prefer the actors to change the batteries of the TX themselves rather than having them unplug the lav and plug/insert/screw it back. Most batteries compartments of our tx are much more fool proof than the lav connectors. On top of it, a battery wrongly inserted I can hear immediately -even the actor can see themselves the unit is not on- , but a connector half inserted or not screwed properly I might get the surprise only during a take when the actors jump or dance disco or
  9. I use the K&M 19790 tablet holder, cause it is adjustable so I can fit my Ipad with its protective rubber. https://www.k-m.de/en/products/multimedia-equipment/holders/19790-tablet-pc-stand-holder-black-3-8 I mount it on a magic arm so I just need to twist it back in the cart at wrap (I take the ipad home though, most of the time). It is some sort of ABS plastic, but it is quite strong, no problem since 2017.
  10. Hi Soundtrane, do you know the reference(s) of the correct ODU Lemo3 screw-on compatible connector to order? They have many that seems close to it, I do not know where to start and any search with "Lemo" on their site does not match any content. Ambient does not mention it neither anywhere on their website. Btw i am interested in them for Wisycom transmitters. Valentine, RED16 is the US distributor ReddingAudio own reference, and Cable Techniques seems to be part of them. It does not give us information of where to look when we are not able to go through t
  11. Hello, founding this topic only now, I am wondering why no-one share the actual name and reference of these "third party Lemo-compatible screw-on type 3-pin connectors better than the real Lemo", nor even ask for it. For those of us outside of the US we cannot conveniently access the Redding Audio channel suggested (also assuming it is still valid 6 years later). Someone on another topic quoting this one suggested that these might be ODU connectors. As far as I understood it is a german brand manufacturer. Finding a reference on their website seems as complicated as on the Lemo web
  12. Fichtre diantre!! Pretty impressive, and yes scary. I do not think it will replace the actors in ADR soon, as the acting is not implemented yet (!!) but definitely might be used for repair in post.
  13. If it is the QT it should be pretty recent isnt it? That is strange. How old is it? You are the first reporting having an issue with the new QT (quarter turn) locking system. It is a clever mechanical system and no longer a thread/screwing locking system so they claim it does not get dirty easily. They are pretty straight forward to dismantle. On the most recent you need to first slightly loosen the little screw of the tip locking collar. I think the first batches of the QT series booms do not have this screw. It allows the collar to stay in place whenever you take out the
  14. Oh and I have to mention that since last year VDB is offering a renovating service on all their boom for a mere 130€ excl tax&shipping, changing the locking systems with the new quarter turn ones. I had it done on my oldest L size boom (oldest is 20+ years 😉PMC) and was able to finally try it out on an documentary shoot last week and was very please with it and impressed by the rejuvenating job they have done. The new locking system works smoothly and they say it does not get blocked nor damaged much anymore as it is no longer thread / screw based. If your ever get a chance I rec
  15. Ok thanks to the link Jason gave I was able to see the difference between wax paper and parchment paper. "Wax paper is made by applying a coating of wax to a thin paper sheet, which makes it easy to remove foods from the paper with ease. Parchment paper has a natural non-stick coating produced through a special “parchmentizing” process. The way they’re made means that both are microwave safe, but only parchment paper is oven safe (up to 425F)." So we do have and use a lot of parchment paper here in France, mostly for oven cooking, but we do not have wax paper afaik. Bon appétit
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