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One Man Band + Playback

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Hey everybody, I just got offered a gig as a one man band for a narrative project (ugh already) and the producer just mentioned that there would need to be playback and earwigs with recorded dialogue. I said that I could not do playback, boom, and mix at the same time and she said that other mixers do it all the time.

 

I essentially told her that she should hire one of those guys and hung up but I wanted to check... IS ANYONE ACTUALLY DOING THIS? It seems absolutely bonkers to try and do this as a one man band.

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Come on man, airplane pilots always fuel up their own planes, serve drinks, grant seating arrangements requests, get out of the cockpit and taxi their own planes to their own runways, then go up into the air traffic control tower and makes sure the runway is clear: end sarcasm.                                                          

 

"If you aren't up to the job I will find somebody else who will" is not something you say to somebody you respect. 

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Yep I had this years ago on a music clip for a major, famous female singer.

 

Was given a DAT tape with music on one track and time-code in the other track !!!???

 

Playback on a beach and moving!!!!

 

No thanks

 

mike

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Of course you can do it, depending entirely on how ambitious they get with the shots they want.   I did this a fair amount on relatively simple stage shoots (so I could have everything on a cart), and some budget challenged corpo projects.  Just make sure that everyone understands the scope of what's being asked for, that your attention to any one part of the overall task will be split and that it will all take longer to get done with only you doing the work.  Be especially vigilant about "mission-creep" in this context: what can seem manageable in planning can get out of hand with just a few changes or additions to what's being asked for....

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On 6/12/2019 at 1:33 PM, dsound said:

You absolutely conveyed the correct response. Only a FOOL would take this kind of gig!!!

 

I can almost guarantee they are lining up to do it...that job was filled on the next call...  It's off the hook right now... There is no shame... the wheels are off the buss..

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5 hours ago, afewmoreyears said:

I can almost guarantee they are lining up to do it...that job was filled on the next call...  It's off the hook right now... There is no shame... the wheels are off the buss..

 

And it’s a race to the bottom for the younger group!

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