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Jan McL

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    Sound. Motion. Stillness.
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    Indie film and television production sound mixer.
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  1. Thanks, Olle. We had a 24/7 therapist available by phone for the duration. Don't know if anyone used the number, but the idea of being able to consult with someone helped considerably.
  2. Got my start making cold calls to sound people in my region. One fellow (a utility sound) invited me to set. Just kept coming back. In the interim, was working as a tech for a big sound rental place where I was taught how to troubleshoot and repair stuff.
  3. Great to add some science to anecdotal experience. The facts left me profoundly...sad.
  4. I've been told many times that when a piece of electronics gets soaked during production (particularly in salt water, but generally speaking) it should be replaced by production because its lifespan has been significantly reduced. Sorry you're in the tangential middle of a crapstorm. Not the optimum place to be for sure. Please let us know how it shakes out for you. Here's how I handled the recent event of boom operator being taken down by an ocean wave. This was a union, narrative project. Everything was photographed then rinsed with production-provided distilled water and placed in rice. I knew none of the items would survive but...due diligence and all... Wrote to the APOC with cc to our Gotham Sound Sales King informing of the incident and asking for a quote for replacement CMIT5U, 7506 and R1a. APOC took care of approvals, issued PO's and arranged with transpo to pick up the pieces. In the interim, I made sure I intersected with UPM with a brief verbal sketch of the event and officially presented her with the dead CMIT5U. This was "on production" in any event but the accident happened because the scene was supposed to be shot in thigh-high water (for which everyone prepared) but kept moving ever-deeper until eventually the wave / human ratio became too steep.
  5. Had to be careful in the application of the glue re: timing (length of time the hot element near the mic). We did a test that ended up being "the thing". The amazing customer was aware that it might not fare well for the shirt; they had multiples. Hot glue gets into the pores of the fabric. It remains fairly flexible. Got a fingernail between the glue and the tee shirt and peeled it off. May have had to use scissors or a blade to get it off the B6 but no damage was sustained.
  6. Mmmmm: radio...nice. Our situation was unique [jeepers I hope this was unique as opposed to ubiquitous] in that the 1st AD was doing something / everything other than 1st AD work and our de facto 1st AD (according to IMDB most relevant /recent job was as a costume PA along with only 3 other costume-related projects) and was drowning/flailing and dragging everyone into the depths with them. Definitely sometimes get the feeling from new AD departments with whom I work that sound / wiring has been responsible for schedule delays and thus they feel a need to ride herd hard on us. That's not how I operate. If they bring the cast to me in a timely manner there's no waiting. Eventually they learn. In this case they never learned. No brain space for learning when you think you're doing to die. It's worth the trouble to tell it if in the telling I learn to better control my 'firmness level' for it eventually got ugly and I'm not proud of that.
  7. Just found this thread (catching up here this morning). Your confidence in our work is deeply appreciated. I was astonished post was able to make the audio work well enough that I didn't achieve the expected Puke State during the first listen. That's saying something. Getting my heart and brain ready for 2nd pass and perhaps this is the place in which to speak to the extraordinary process in finer detail. Extraordinary? Yeah: we survived. I asked myself every day if it might be that I was getting too old for it. The crew kids were also walking wounded throughout. So not this time. We must have prevailed since the sound didn't take me out of the story as it would normally do when I first experience a finished project. Could be that it was a particularly compelling story though... The learning curve for me was pretty much vertical. Don't think I had yet gotten to the point where I could QC all the sources and make an informative / non-annoying mix for the picture editor with ease. Playing the game tapes at night, came to the conclusion I'd have to trust the process and my gut. Having just finished a movie using the same game plan, I've freed more brain space for listening to all the things and mixing since "When They See Us". Suppose it keeps getting easier until the next change in the instrument / process. It was exhausting. Simon Hayes was in my brain every day many times a day: Sound Warrior. Thank you Simon for being on my shoulder throughout. A Warrior-related hurdle I've not yet tackled with grace requires my attention: I eventually got bitch-slappy with the PA's who'd come to me before we'd even landed the carts asking if I was ready to wire. Too soon. Every day. Every setup. Every scene. Every five minutes. I didn't want the pressure or the distraction. Told them nicely it was much too soon to ask and that I needed 15 minutes from the time the antenna masts go up to be ready to wire. That didn't work. I tried to teach them that they could tell when I'm ready by looking at the cart: wireless TRX and lavs laid out on the cart deck? If yes, I'm ready. I require peace during the first 15 minutes of the day to do pre-flight checks and conceive lav / mic logistics for the entire day. I get really pissy if I don't have quiet time to make my peace with the gear and plan. Especially for this gig since I was scared shitless I wouldn't be able to do it justice given what I was learning would be our documentary-ish shooting style. I too-fiercely fought for the place of peace and confidence I require when dealing with the players for outfitting. When actors come to me, they are preparing for their work. I honor that best I can. Waitressing was good practice to quickly Read a Room. I know the PA's had AD's nagging. "Can we bring the cast for wiring?" I know cast's not gonna be ready for at least an hour. Fine. I told them they didn't always have to ask me just because they were asked. Suggested that they could confidently tell the AD, "Not yet," until they heard from me I was ready. That didn't work. Anyway, I need to work on my patience. A lot. What are the pre-flight considerations for microphones? Task I hope to soon outsource to someone on the team: who goes home when for de-wire planning. Sometimes I need THAT transmitter later. Review schedule and sides to ascertain who's talking all day and will there be wardrobe changes between scenes. Get with that character's Costumer if necessary. Filter that information through what post will get / prefer relative to track layout. Assign and name tracks / TRX's for the entire day. Modulation scheme: Is this a reflective prison set? Change algorithm to ZHD96. Check. Scan and assign new frequencies. Wardrobe? That helps me properly prep the lavs and TRX's. Walk test. Rebattery TRX. Tell 'em it's time. 15 minutes. That's all I need. More later as time and brainspace permits. P.S. Thanks to Daniel McIntosh for the more-recent fine cigar and equally-fine live music recording.
  8. There are legal aspects to being sexually assaulted. It wasn't until 30 years after the assaults that I realized there would be legal records since one of my rapists had murdered the other. There would also be newspaper coverage. Took me a long time and much art to hire a couple of private eyes to help me find out exactly what happened and get me the paperwork. It's a process. This painting helped me understand.
  9. The media really screwed up the #metoo reporting IMO by inadvertently (?) subverting due process. Not allowing due process to happen without media coverage --> protests --> trial by social media. Unintended consequence? Maybe. Inciting the vulnerable to pitchfork mob mentality is a piece of cake, especially in this Internet Age. Click bait business model is real and perverts the course of justice. [Stole that from some UK cop procedurals.] Certainly, accusations must be taken seriously and quiet but firm steps taken to ensure everyone's safety, but everyone deserves due process, no? A small percentage of false accusations discredits the whole thing. So crazy, but this from Kevin Spacey. What are the facts? I haven't followed the "House of Cards" Spacey story closely. I'm sorry you had to go through what you've gone through, @Matt Bryant. Speaking of it is huge. Courage! Yes. Early on in my healing I spent a lot of time on the usenet survivors' forum. A small but vocal group of men were well represented and their stories were made IMO the more difficult for being men. Their wounds deeper and more troubling for the cultural male mandate to physically prevail. Much love and respect to all of you at the holidays.
  10. Hilarious. Ridiculous. Ludicrous. All of the -ous's.
  11. I revised my custom foam drawer insert to house three 4098 shorties and two 11" 4098's. Gear's not back to the warehouse yet, otherwise pictures.
  12. I've not used any solvent either but debate using water-wet cloth before longer storage in future because sweat (salt). Perhaps salt's the culprit.
  13. I've two black and one white Slim that in 2 years cables went too hard to actually use.
  14. I have two MiniCmit mics for sale: one blue, one grey. Make me an offer.
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