May 5, 2018
I don’t care whose kid that boom mic is! They’re not getting in the picture.
Despite having a cool name like Fonzie, boom mics are not as cool and confident as the ol’ greaser. They’re shy and timid and don’t like to be on camera (at least not in a way that is detectable before you’re in post). Luckily, booms are pretty easy to hide just beyond the frame most of the time, but what if you want to record dialogue during a wide shot? What the hell do you do then? Unless you’re prepared to dress your boom operator up as a human-shaped bush, you’ll want to learn some clever tricks for getting that boom mic out of the shot, and the team over at The Film Look has a few really good ones on deck in the video below:
When it comes to mic-ing your subject for dialogue, the name of the game is “get as close as possible without being in the frame.” That’s pretty easy most of the time if you’re shooting tight shots, but if you’re shooting a wide, that’s when it gets a little hairy.