I know I already listed these in The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide and made an accompanying DVD, but this advice is so crucial that I wanted to make sure it isn’t lost on anyone. Some rules were meant to be broken. The following were NOT. Break these rules at your own risk.

Rule #1 Get the Mic as Close as Possible

The most basic rule for recording dialog is to get the mic as close to the action as possible without being in the shot. The closer the mic, the better the quality of the recording. This is why boom mics so often end up creeping into scenes; the sound person was trying to get as close as possible and accidentally allowed the mic to enter the frame. The sound person should always confirm the frame line with ...

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