Prévost, Quebec, Canada (March 31, 2011)--ShootFilms used Lectrosonics wireless technology to capture amateur hockey players on and off the ice for a new documentary.
There are countless enthusiasts who never quite attract the attention that the professional players achieve but who, nonetheless, have a tremendous passion for the sport. As such, there are secondary hockey teams and leagues whose love of the game consumes much of the players' daily lives. Morin-Heights, QC-based production company ShootFilms is currently in post production on a documentary that examines these amateur players and follows them as they pursue their favorite sport.
Audio designer and consultant Pascal Van Strydonck was responsible for location sound on the project, and chose to use Lectrosonics' SRa Dual-Channel Slot Mount ENG receivers and a variety of the company's transmitters for the documentary.
"There were three types of shooting environments," he explains. "We followed one to two individuals in their day-to-day lives, which involved a standard documentary setup with a wireless microphone and boom. Secondly, there was the locker room coverage. This was handled via a wireless mic and boom using a Lectrosonics UH400 plug-on transmitter. For the actual hockey games, which we handled from the sidelines, we covered both the team bench as well as the players on the ice. For this, we outfitted the players with various Lectrosonics Super-Miniature transmitters, including the SMa, SMV, and SMQV models. We also used the Lectrosonics UM400a beltpack transmitter."
Van Strydonck also used eight channels (four units) of Lectrosonics' SRa Dual-Channel Slot Mount ENG Receivers in his bag plus an additional unit for the camera hop. Augmenting all this was a custom-built antenna distribution system comprised of components from Mini-Circuits and Lectrosonics, including the Lectrosonics UFM50 filter/amplifier. Additionally, Van Strydonck used a custom-built coax dipole antenna system based upon diagrams provided by Joe Burtinsky, the staff technician at Lectrosonics' Canadian headquarters.