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Allen Williams

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  • Birthday 12/01/1976

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    Atlanta, GA
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    I'm a boom operator and sound utility working mainly on features and episodic television in the Atlanta, GA area but am willing to travel.

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  1. Very seldom do I hear wires on the shows I work. My mixer plays the wires in the wides but I'm all over it in coverage. Most of the time post will use the wide for such a short amount of time that they'll use my boom track from the first cut for the wide as well. On camera dialogue (at least) is boomed and I'll always fight to have separate runs of wides and tights with mixed results. Kinda aggravates me to hear that some shows don't even have a boom operator. Sounds like a poor production decision if they aren't allowing the mixer to have one if he wants one.
  2. It really is cool. I wonder if they'll make a control surface for it similar to the CL-9.
  3. Make sure to leave slack at bendable and stretchable places of the body such as waist. If you need to, use medical adhesive tape or some other kind of tape just on the inside of the clothing to help strain relief before popping out of the clothing to the clip.
  4. That's something I haven't thought of. I'm assuming you used the more scratchy side? Anything important to note or beware of? Thanks for the input!
  5. As you may know, Ambient changed the design of their QP line of boom poles last year from matte black coated carbon fiber to a shiny weave of carbon fiber. Since buying a new QP-4140 last year, I've run into a couple of problems with it reflecting bright light sources that hit it directly. Normally you can cross a bright light source as long as it doesn't cast a shadow into frame or change the light level but the new design reflects light so this isn't always possible. In the attached pictures, there was a Source 4 to my right firing into the cabinet on the left and I was booming someone under it. If I were to barely break the beam of light, a ring of light reflected off the surface of the boom into the room which was very noticeable (pictured). I called Ambient in Germany, asked numerous people on set, other fellow boom slingers and even posted in the jwsound Facebook group asking for ideas on how I can dull the surface of the boom but thought I'd try here too. Suggestions ranged from trying to sand the boom with 600 grain (after a lot of sanding with many pieces of sandpaper it took the shiny finish off it but the weave still reflects) and sanding it with #0000 steel wool (if it did anything, I couldn't see it) to the ridiculous such as wrapping it in paper tape. If you have any thoughts or experience with such things, I'd appreciate the input. I'm hoping the solution isn't to pay to have it professionally matte painted with a non-chipping coating or something (if there is such a thing that would work) but I'll take the time to try a solution if might help. Obviously, I'm trying to not destroy the pole. Thanks, in advance, for your input.
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