Melbourne, Australia (August 12, 2010)–Lectrosonics’ Digital Hybrid Wireless technology captured the location sound, including lots of fast car action, for Killer Elite.
When Jason Statham, Clive Owen, and Robert De Niro team up for a film project, there’s a good chance there will be plenty of action. Such is the case with Killer Elite, a film currently in production from Australia’s Omnilab Media, which is based on the premise of a former Navy Seal (Statham) coming out of retirement in order to rescue his friend and mentor (De Niro).
Gary Wilkins, CAS, was tasked with capturing much of the action on this project. A veteran location sound mixer of nearly 40 years, Wilkins has worked on movies, TV miniseries and series shows, as well as commercials.
“Presently, I’m using 12 channels of Lectrosonics gear on my cart,” said Wilkins, “which consists of a spread of models and blocks to accommodate my activities throughout Australia, Asia, and the South Pacific. The heart of my system is a Lectrosonics Venue receiver setup on block 26 for Australian frequency settings. I’m particularly fond of the Venue’s SmartTune auto frequency selection feature because it enables me to quickly find the best frequencies for whatever area I’m working in.”
For transmitters Wilkins’ arsenal consists of Lectrosonics MM400a Digital Hybrid Wireless beltpack transmitters as well as UH200 UHF plug-on and UH400a Digital Hybrid Wireless plug-on models.
“On this particular job,” he reports, “we often required solid range performance due to a lot of car arrival- and exit-type set ups with dialogue being covered wide and tight on multiple cameras. We rarely had rehearsals, so reliability was a key issue. The equipment had to work the first time and every time. We were under a lot of pressure, but it all worked really well. The producers were happy with the results and it added a kind of gritty, restless quality to the film. I couldn’t have pulled this off without my Lectrosonics equipment.”