Re-Post From JwSound “Go Back to School

[quote name=’Richard Topham Jr’ date=’19 August 2011 – 06:33 AM’ timestamp=’1313735622′ post=’76056′]
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Rich Topham’s latest Workshop will be held in two sessions. The first session on September 14th, 2011 is Introduction to Production Sound for Film and HDSLR. The second workshop is for more advanced Sound Engineers to bring you to that “Next Level” on September 15th, 2011. REMEMBER BOTH NIGHTS ARE FREE! Both nights Rich will be speaking about real world production techniques for film and video production but at different levels of knowledge. If you have a question about which class to take, please call and speak with one of our technicians and they can point you in the right direction. Also on both nights Rich will be giving away FREE gifts to all participants and also will be holding raffles for Pro-Sound Gift Certificates.

Rich Topham’s workshops were written up in the latest issue of Markee 2.0 Magazine.


CLICK HERE to see an exert from the article.
This continuing education workshop is for filmmakers and video makers of all levels who are interested in learning real-world applications and techniques related to production sound recording for film and video. The program is designed for Directors, Producers, and Sound Department Crew and Instructors who want to improve their skills, keep updated on tools of trade and take their productions to the next level.

What You Will Learn:

  • Psychology of Production Sound Recording.
  • What the Sound Mixer really hears.
  • What the Camera Operator, Director and the rest of the world hears.
  • Cocktail Party Effects.
  • Digital Recorders.
  • Sound for DSLR.
  • Microphone Basics.
  • Selection and Application of Microphones.
  • Boom Operator Techniques.
  • Practical Usage of Lavaliers and Wireless Mics. Including How-To Rig Lavaliers.
  • Advanced Use of Plant Mics.
  • Portable Mixers, including both ENG Mixers and Mixing Boards.
  • Set Etiquette.

Rich Topham says “Education is fundamentally the most important part of the audio business” Professional Sound Services workshops cover the tools, techniques, and procedures used in the professional sound business. Students gain an appreciation of the aesthetic aspects of sound recording, learn tricks for creating an audio design and explore how to manipulate room tone, dialogue, and effects tracks for a realistic sound presence. Pre-production planning, boom and wireless microphone operation, microphone planting, tape-deck signal setup, and other techniques are also addressed. In addition, students are introduced to the latest recording equipment, inter-format recording for music videos and commercial production, time code and other management tools for post production. Each month PSS holds at least two workshops, either on-site in the NYC store or on-location at various colleges, universities or private businesses. Rich added ” It’s great to be with fellow audio technicians and share with them my personal stories and anecdotes.”

Source: Back to School with Rich Topham Jr.

Re-post from JWSound

“Simon Hayes” date=’22 September 2012 – 10:08 AM’ timestamp=’1348308490′ post=’148644′]
Hi Guys,

Thanks for the interest in this amazing project.I was very fortunate to be asked to record this movie
as Tom Hoopers vision from the very beginning was a live musical,using the on set vocals as masters for the film
and a very serious attempt not to replace any live vocals with ADR,as he feels the original
performances hold a truth and energy that can be lost during a re-record.

From the outset the whole movie was planned to avoid re-records and ADR,from set design to special FX.
The Production Sound/Post Production Sound and Music depts were all one team who collaborated from the beginning to help Tom achieve his vision.

We had many tricks up our sleeve to achieve the highest quality singing possible on a movie set including
3 Boom Operators on main unit at all times who were part of a 7 man Production Sound Team.

What I can tell you is that there is zero ADR in the ‘Extended Trailer’
being spoken about on this thread and if we are to look at just one difficult sequence
shown,which is Samantha Barks singing in the rain I can tell you how we achieved what you hear.
Every roof top and every piece of floor not in shot was covered with rubberised horse hair to deaden the rain hitting it.
Camera was covered with a ‘horse hair roof’ attached over the top of it to stop the noise of the droplets hitting the polythene bag keeping it dry.
The camera dept were wearing ponchos made from black ‘bolton’ fabric over their wet weather gear to ‘soak up’ the sound of the water hitting them.Samantha Barks was wearing 2 radio mics,and they were changed on every take for fresh dry ones to eliminate possible moisture affecting the lavaliers.
The Special FX team made sure that the actual droplets falling around the camera were adjusted into a fine spray to reduce impact noise.

Every scene was approached with this level of attention to detail and when a Sound Dept has the director and the actors working with them and backing them  up to try and achieve something extraordinary a lot can be achieved.

I really hope all the members here thoroughly enjoy the movie!

Regards to All

Simon Hayes
Production Sound Mixer
Les Miserables

Source: Les Miserables, live singing….