January 31, 2015 at 8:01PM


Audio Recording Questions

I wanted to ask for advise about typical audio scenarios and to ask community's opinions about ways to approach recording audio for these. How should I go about recording audio for the following scenes:

1) Dialog between two characters standing three feet away from each other, by the docs (relatively quiet area), with helicopters constantly flying overhead.

2) Dialog between two characters standing three feet away from each other, in a park by a fountain with water and crowd noise coming from all directions.

3) Dialog between a driver and a passenger, in a stationary car during a heavy rain with the loud sound mostly coming from the roof?

4) Dialog between a driver and a passenger in a car while at high speed with the wind sound coming from the sides, engine sound coming from the front, and tire sound coming from the bottom?



With all of your scenarios a professional audio person would mic use hidden wireless lav mics under the actor's clothes, along with a narrow pick-up shotgun mic ( like the Sanken CS-3e ) fully blimped on a boom. ( not an easy mic to use because it must be aimed correctly to pick-up dialog )

After the shoot you would need to check the audio to determine if it was usable or not, and if it wasn't then you would have to book the same actors to record ADR to fix the audio.

What is ADR ?

January 31, 2015 at 8:55PM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Guy, thanks!

January 31, 2015 at 9:09PM

Alex Zakrividoroga

It is important to watch for audio distractions when you are scouting the locations. Try and take the audio environment into account. But if the budget or timeframe does not allow a good audio and visual environment, go with Guy's suggestions

February 5, 2015 at 11:37PM

George Du
Student, Filmmaker

I would do the same as Guy McLoughlin suggested. Placing the mic as close to the source will eliminate ambiance greatly. Again in the post noise level can be reduced further. In the above mentioned situations getting a dead silent ambiance is not possible at all. During industrial shoots, I have shot many time in similarly noisy environment but with lavs tapped directly to the body and a little work in the post, I could manage to get good audio. But presence of some room tone will make the scene more natural I suppose (but it depends on what you are shooting for). But unless you try out something to begin with you will not be able to find the right solution. So, all the best and please let us know your findings...

July 20, 2015 at 5:41AM

Dibyendu Joardar
Director of Photography

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