Kabul, Afghanistan (May 7, 2010)–Sound mixer Jon Tendrich of Tiger Sound recently took two Sound Devices 442 mixers, a 788T digital recorder and a CL-8 controller to a film project, Black Tulip, in Afghanistan.
Using the 788T and CL-8 Controller made Tendrich’s package light–a help as he occasionally was mixing over the shoulder. Tendrich also made use of two audio channels in the RED video cameras used in the filming, the left channel designated for the boom mic and the right for a mix of all of the wireless microphones. He was able to feed the two mixed tracks to the camera via the assignable and level adjustable analogue outputs on the 788T. Tendrich used a third output to send through a Comtek system, for a separate director’s mix that he would assign on the fly.
Tendrich’s audio setup included a unique quad mic kit of Schoeps microphones with two in an XY stereo pattern in the front and another two in the same arrangement in the rear. He used the 788T recorder with the CL-8 controller along with the Schoeps quad kit to capture the local ambiance in surround sound using his Sanken CS-3e as the center channel. At times, the quad mic setup was used with Tendrich’s locally handmade sound cart to capture ambience during a scene, while the Sanken CS-3e short shotgun was being used in conjunction with Sanken COS-11 lavalier mics for dialogue. The COS-11’s were sent through Lectosonics-UM400 transmitters to UCR411A receivers. Offering a range of ambient and dialog techniques enabled Tendrich to deliver several audio options for the post sound editorial team.
The film, Black Tulip, based on real events, follows the Dakka family as it struggles to live in peace and safety amid the violence of post-9/11 Afghanistan. Black Tulip is the first feature directed by Sonia Cole, who also co-wrote and produced the film.
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