Someone once told me that, after the first performance of Waiting for Godot, the director asked Beckett for feedback, and Beckett replied, "You didn't bore them enough."
Nothing shows up on a Google search, so I'm not sure if the account is true. But it *could* be true, right? I mean, if you're trying to convey the absurdity or tedium of life, why couldn't boring the audience be a valid way to do that? It's not as if entertainment is the only or even the most important value in art.
I think there's something to the idea that the unconscious goes ahead of the conscious. So in this case, I think many people (most? all?) probably do recognise something is amiss, even if they never articulate it.
It's partly for this sort of reason that artists ought be perfectionist, right?
But you're right -- there's many ways to evaluate whether something is "good enough", but the bottom line is whether a decision negatively affects the bottom line. And in this case, surely it won't. If anything, more people will be drawn to see the movie because of the claim that it's pushed the technological envelope than will be dissuaded because their filmschool buddies are hypercritical.
Maybe no one watches anything except through ideological lenses -- just like how everyone's got an accent, though usually we're not conscious of it.
Really interesting! The subtle ways to enhance a shot. Reminds me of this NFS article: http://nofilmschool.com/2014/12/david-fincher-gone-girl-vfx-reel-artemple
So, if the audio is peaking, but the levels appear to be fine, then maybe: the signal was limited before it got sent to your device; or the DJ is changing the levels through the night; or you're not setting your levels low enough for the loud parts of the evening, but were basing your settings on the quiet parts. It's best to use headphones, so you can hear what you're actually getting, and not just rely on the visual level indicators.
Some solutions: (1) record a second channel at a lower volume; or (2) if you have time, work through with the DJ to find where the problem is (but you may find that you don't have time and/or many DJs are uncooperative); (3) run up to your recorder just after the speeches start and double check the levels; (4) figure out some way to monitor the levels on your camera -- you could try doing wireless transmission from DJ to your camera, and recording in camera (or on some sort of intermediary device).
If you have to make a choice, set the levels for the speeches, not for the music (can always replace the music in post if you have to, if it's a popular song). If it's a band or whatever, obviously you'll need to also record the music well.
The second thought is: depending on how much you care about audio, maybe you shouldn't rely on the DJ's system. There's plenty of stuff that can go wrong with it. For instance, all of the following has happened to me, and it's just the tip of the iceberg:
-- Even if the volume is fine, the sound could be dirty (could be any of the links in the chain between the source and you).
-- You might not have connected the cable correctly.
-- The DJ might decide to unplug your device in the middle of the evening or cut the feed to it.
-- The speaker might not know how to use a microphone properly (might speak with microphone turned off, or wave it around at waist height).
-- You might run out of batteries.
-- You might run out of card space (particularly if you accidentally record to internal memory rather than SD card).
-- There might be frequency interference.
-- You might have made some other change to your recorder settings that you shouldn't have (like using omnidirection mics instead of XLR input, or activating the switch for phantom power or whatever).
So, given that it's an uncontrollable live event, a possible solution is to have as many backup sound sources as possible. The following are some methods (and all of them have their own problems):
-- Plug into back of soundspeaker rather than into DJ;
-- Point recording device at soundspeaker (ideally, a dynamic microphone);
-- Put lapel mics on the people speaking at reception (you'll only need two -- because then you can swap them out to whoever's speaking next as each person finishes speaking... or if you really want to mic everyone, take a minimum of five, right, because FOB, FOG, bridesmaid, groomsman, groom);
-- Attach recording device to handheld microphone (could well be visually unattractive depending how you do it, but has saved my bacon more than once);
-- Conceal recorders near where people are speaking from (not great sound, but likely better than on-camera mics).
Some stuff I don't think has been mentioned:
-- iPhone earplugs (if you ever forget to take or can't fit headphones)
-- USB stick
-- handkerchiefs (for padding stuff and drying stuff) + microfibre cloths
-- small bit of rope
-- small plastic sandwich bags (storing stuff)
-- plastic shopping bags (makeshift camera jackets)
-- allen key for tightening monopod joints
-- extra front lens caps (they always go missing)
-- some random adapters, like 3/8 to 1/4-20, or like hotshoe to 1/4-20
-- random video cables, like HDMI, component