I got my second taste as a Boom-op/Production Sound Mixer in early February, working on the indie short “The Best Day”. Amazing experience! Since then I’ve been directing equal focus to Production Sound as I do for Post. (My first experience as a boom-op was for a reality television teaser reel about a year ago, which I also enjoyed.) The goal now is to be, literally, “The Sound Department”, from booming the first bit of dialogue to foleying that last footstep before the credits roll. In fact, I’ve been asked to sound design “The Best Day” next month, which I’m thrilled to work on.
Shortly after shooting completed, I secured another gig with a small production company and purchased a Tascam HD-P2 location mixer as the first of my future gear investments. Unfortunately I had to cancel: I’m out of commission until about late March because of a fractured elbow (of all the injuries for an aspiring production mixer to get!) In the meantime I’m reading Vincent LoBrutto’s “Sound on Film” and shopping for great deals on shotgun and lavaliere microphones. Very excited about this summer and the work that’ll come my way.