Austin, TX (November 20, 2008)–The crew from Sakana Film Productions took along Holophone’s H4 SuperMINI camera-mountable surround microphone to capture Tsukiji, the world’s largest fish market, for a documentary entitled, Fish: Sushi as a Global Cuisine.
Produced by Austin, TX-based Sakana Film Productions along with Arts and Labor, Fish chronicles the sushi industry in order to illustrate the growing trend of sushi as a global cuisine and present it as a metaphor for globalization. For several sequences in the documentary, the Sakana crew was on location at the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo to record the natural sounds of the environment, to be used as the musical soundtrack as well as for supplemental ambient sounds.
As co-producer Mark Hall explains, the H4 SuperMINI was able to get in with the crowd to provide a fully immersive experience. “The sounds of the market were very rhythmic; it almost had a chanting sound, so we wanted to make sure we captured every nuance of the auctioneers and the people making their bids,” Hall explains. “The form factor and design of the H4 worked perfectly for the kind of run-and-gun shooting we did every day. We couldn’t have gotten into the places that we were working in with a larger microphone.”
“I like the fact that you have the option to connect a boom mic into the center channel,” Hall continues. “We were able to simply plug a boom mic in when we felt like we needed to interview someone, without the need for an additional camera or crew member. I also liked that you can zoom the center channel to reinforce the frontal lobe of the microphone, and remove the accent off the back channels of the 5.1 so that you pick up things in front of the microphone as well as a few things in the background.”