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Roll! Shooting TV News by Rich Underwood

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Appendix D

Sound

Nigel Fox, Location Sound Recordist, or Soundie

Nigel Fox and his company, Foxprovideo, provide sound services for domestic and international broadcasters. As a location soundie, which is Australian slang for a sound recordist, I get the much-maligned and most definitely underrated task of collecting the spoken voice, music, and background noises associated with television productions. But as the old saying states: out of sight out of mind. We’re not seen as the “glamour” part of the camera crew. Recently, news departments have been savage in their cutting of two-person camera crews.

Soundies are far more than people who have microphones shrouded in hairy animals on sticks. Not only are we an essential part of the storytelling ...

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