How to mic a pretty basic play? at

Go Back   DV Info Net > Special Interest Areas > Wedding / Event Videography Techniques

Wedding / Event Videography Techniques
Shooting non-repeatable events: weddings, recitals, plays, performances...

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old March 21st, 2014, 02:55 AM   #1
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 1,148
How to mic a pretty basic play?

Hi, I have zero experience in this. Anyone care to offer some suggestions.

Here's what the set looks like:

Sydney Independent Theatre Company - Tidy Town of the Year

Actors are just using natural voices; no sound system. The can't wear lapel mics, because there's fake blood involved, and they do a striptease.

I'm thinking of concealing a few omnidirectional mics around... maybe a boundary mic as well... and just hoping and praying. I've told them the audio is not going to be very clean.

What would you recommend?
Adrian Tan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 21st, 2014, 05:35 AM   #2
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Cambridge, UK
Posts: 1,736
Re: How to mic a pretty basic play?

Definitely boundary mics as that's what they do best and probably a couple of shotgun mics as backup,

Roger Gunkel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 21st, 2014, 06:16 AM   #3
Inner Circle
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Posts: 7,625
Re: How to mic a pretty basic play?

Hey Roger

I was going to say that too!! I have two AKG's in my case and they work well for wedding speeches done from the table!!

Gosh Adrian you get all the lucky gigs ...filming naked actors (sadly I guess some will be men knowing your luck)

If there is a sound system I always leave it to them to set up and mix the stage audio and give me an XLR feed but sadly that isn't going to happen. I seriously would have my primary mics as boundaries on the front of the stage and then maybe cheat a bit and put a shotgun right up front (as close as you dare without it being in the way) as a backup. If they stamp and stomp on a wooden stage then alas the boundry mics will get that as a loud signal but they are very good when given a sound board as big as a stage and audio 2 metres away can be amazing!! If you can get to the venue maybe try a few tests using yourself on stage and various mic options???

Chris Harding is offline   Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

Omega Broadcast
(512) 251-7778
Austin, TX

(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

(800) 238-8480
Glendale, CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Special Interest Areas > Wedding / Event Videography Techniques

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:42 AM.

DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2015 The Digital Video Information Network