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Hiding Lavs vs exposed for non-fiction. Opinions?

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Or it is a one-person crew.   I have post clients who shoot alone all the time and I try to get them to forget about hiding lavs, just find an exposed position where you can still have a clean closeup and roll. 

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Whenever I see an exposed lav, it is usually mounted a bit high for my taste. I think the most natural sound is usually achieved with the microphone about an inch or two below the nipples. Sometimes wardrobe compels a higher mount but, if there were an option, I always tried to position a bit lower. That naturally solves some of the visibility issues - the microphone is visible only in wider shots where its presence is discreet and it's not visible at all in any close-ups.

 

David

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On 12/17/2019 at 1:35 PM, Dan Brockett said:


Ha, ha, this is awesome. Wonder if it was an art department initiated "cable access" looking prop or if they actually used the sound from it?
 


He’s been using this gag since the beginning of the original show. I think I remember hearing a “rub” on one once during a more active bit so I think they use(d) the audio from those exposed lavs. 
 

They normally use white tape on dark clothes and black tape on light clothes just for added cringe-effect. It’s such a stupid gag but It always makes me laugh. 
 

Cheers,

Evan

 

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10 hours ago, Ontariosound said:

If I see an exposed lav  I usually assume the Producer cheaped out and did not hire a Soundperson. 

Or the producer let an experienced sound person place it the way it sounds best.

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On 12/18/2019 at 9:45 AM, drpro said:

Some years ago as part of the interview, the producer wanted me hiding the lav on Dolly Parton while the camera rolled.  Needless to say there was no problem hiding that little lav amongst the large mountains!!

My experience with this problem is that large bras often creak due to the stress!!

 

mike

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There are times when the producer doesn't mind and I choose to hide the lav - outdoors in windy Britain would be a prime example - big lav furries conspicuously on the front of a jacket - meh. Looking forward to hearing producers say: "Don't worry about the lav, our editor is a whizz with rotascope", it will definitely beat placing mics on the inexperienced and worrying about clothing noise you have no control over.

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For sit-down interviews in overhead-friendly conditions, I will fuss about also wiring the subject for no reason other than they want both. It's another mic that you need to monitor, adjust, and the odds are higher for interrupting to make those adjustments - all for something that will never be as good as the overhead and you have no intention of using. You are also giving them the option to change it or worse - leave it with the original split track which I have heard too many times. If the subject is not talent you also have the wiring process more challenging to deal with. 

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