28 Sound recordist operation: multiple contributors

How many people can you cover on a single camera shoot? Unfortunately that's the sound equivalent of the ‘How long's a piece of string?’ question. You often find that, in spite of having advised a production concerning the limitations of a four channel mixer, on the day, several extra guests materialize, ‘We just couldn't say no, and their views are vital, darling!’ Yes, I forgot to mention that you must carry a large hat from which you pull rabbits several times a day!

Depending on the content of the shoot and the positions of the contributors (and the size of the shot/s and the acoustic, etc.) you may be able to cover everything and everyone with the gun mic on the pole. If there's a main ...

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