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Series - Preparing for Your Shoot

pre-shootGood sound and picture does not happen by accident nor on its own. It requires concerted efforts from all the production executives (producer, director, production manager) as well as from members of the crew. Success in every aspect of filmmaking hinges upon decisions made early on during the pre-production process.

From location scouting, crewing, and dealing with rental houses, this series covers essentials of the pre-production process.


Chapter 1: Location Scouting

Category: Series - Preparing for Your Shoot Last Updated on August 24, 2011 Fred Ginsburg

location scouting iconThe Route to Achieving Good Production Sound

Good production sound does not happen by accident nor on its own. It requires concerted efforts from all the production executives (producer, director, production manager) as well as from members of the crew. Achieving good Production Sound, as does every aspect of filmmaking, hinges upon decisions made early on during the pre-production process.

Read more: Chapter 1: Location Scouting

Chapter 2: The Crew

Category: Series - Preparing for Your Shoot Last Updated on August 24, 2011 Fred Ginsburg

soundcrew desertPutting Together the Crew

Attitude is important. Professional results in any phase of production will not happen unless everyone involved thinks, identifies, and performs as “professionals”. Simplistic as it may seem, no producer/director is going to achieve consistently good Production Sound without having a qualified team officially assigned to that crew function.

Read more: Chapter 2: The Crew

Chapter 3: Even the Experts Learn From Each Other

Category: Series - Preparing for Your Shoot Last Updated on August 24, 2011 Fred Ginsburg

advice iconLearn from the old pro’s as much as you can, and as often as you can. This advice applies especially to the aspiring or novice Production Mixer. I have been in the sound business for well over a decade, yet I still find myself learning from peer professionals. There is so much to learn, and only a lifetime to do it in. Only fools think they know too much to continue learning.

Read more: Chapter 3: Even the Experts Learn From Each Other

Chapter 4: Personnel of a Professional Sound Crew

Category: Series - Preparing for Your Shoot Last Updated on August 24, 2011 Fred Ginsburg

mixer iconThe basic production sound crew consists of the Mixer, the Boom Operator, and the Utility Sound Technician. The Mixer is the head of the Production Sound Department (usually just called the Sound Dept.) on a show. The Mixer is responsible for recording the dialogue and effects necessary for the editors to cut the show. Crew and equipment contributing to that end fall under the supervision and control of said mixer.

Read more: Chapter 4: Personnel of a Professional Sound Crew

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