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Directing the Documentary, 5th Edition by Michael Rabiger

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Chapter 11Location Sound

Picture gives information, but sound brings emotion, so your documentary needs a bold sound design and good, clean location sound as a foundation. Some sound theory and knowledge of basic equipment, as well as practice and a critical ear, will help you achieve this.

Unfortunately for sound recordists, documentary film shoots can’t always accommodate their needs. In transparent filmmaking, microphones must stay out of sight and recordists adapt as best they can to the needs of the scene. The director can help by stabilizing speakers during a dialogue sequence or by concealing a useful microphone in that nice potted plant on the dining room table. Most of all, he or she can help by appreciating what is involved in sound ...

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