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Nonfiction Sound and Story for Film and Video by Cheryl Ottenritter, Amy DeLouise

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4Location Sound Strategies

Stepping out onto location is exhilarating. Finally, you and your team are here, in the place you’ve imagined, in the location you’ve been planning to film in for many days, weeks or even months. It’s natural, as the gear comes rolling in, to take a look around for those shots you have envisioned or storyboarded. In this chapter, we’ll address how to “look for great sound”—to find those hidden opportunities. And we’ll also tackle some of the inevitable challenges of location sound when filming real world subjects in non-studio locations. Let’s first start with the tools for the job.

Field Microphones Matter

In the last chapter, we provided a list of key questions to ask so that you or your sound engineer can bring ...

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