Prague, Czech Republic (October 13, 2010)–Location sound mixer Michal Holubec C.A.S., recently used Lectrosonics’ Digital Hybrid Wireless technology on David Cronenberg’s new movie, A Dangerous Method.
With a theatrical release expected for February 2011, noted director Cronenberg’s latest feature film stars Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley. The film takes place at the brink of World War I and is based on the turbulent relationships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung, his mentor Sigmund Freud, and Sabina Spielrein, a troubled but beautiful young woman who comes between them.
Holubec is one of the key crewmembers with Bystrouska Sound Studios, a provider of location sound services and audio postproduction headquartered in Prague, and has Lectrosonics’ Digital Hybrid Wireless technology before. “I’ve had a lot of success with Lectrosonics’ SMa and UM400a beltpack transmitters,” he reports. “I also have two HM plug-on transmitters that I use for wireless boom. On the receiving side, I’ve been very pleased with the Lectrosonics Octopac and have also had a great experience with the VR field receiver system stocked with six VRT modules.”
He continues, “Lectrosonics gear is made really well and it’s quick and easy to set up. Audio dropouts are a thing of the past and the ability to change power and consumption on the transmitters is extremely useful. I’ve also been very impressed with the SMa transmitter’s really small size and its ability to be discreetly concealed among the actors’ wardrobe.”
The growing popularity of the RED digital cinema camera system throughout Europe is altering the manner in which location sound work is being handled. “The small dimensions and low weight of the Octopac system enables me to move about freely on the set,” says Holubec. “It’s a huge advantage to have the entire 8-channel setup in one Portabrace bag. For the kind of shooting where quick and unexpected location changes are a daily occurrence, this is a great system.”