Cape Town, South Africa (September 30, 2010)–Steve Bedaux, CAS and an arsenal of Lectrosonics wireless equipment brought Budweiser’s Bud House reality series to the web during the recent FIFA World Cup.
Freelance production sound mixer/supervisor Steve Bedaux, who also serves as president of CineLUX Sound Services Inc. and its sister crewing company, Sound Department LLC, was contracted to handle location sound with VidCam for the RSA (Ridley Scott and Associates) Films/Rocket Films (South Africa) production. Bedaux and his crew, which consisted of recordist Steven Corbiere, field mixers Marc Gouldy (lead mixer), Joe Beachy, Steven “Goat” Hitselberger, Jeff Hodd, Sean O’Malley, and Jen Raudman, along with A2s Bryan Diaz (lead A2), Jules Joseph, and Jabu Msomi, encountered a myriad of production challenges.
Bedaux’s Lectrosonics equipment arsenal included almost 70 UM400a Digital Hybrid Wireless beltpack transmitters (used on the fanatics, bartenders, guests, and in six portable sound rigs for stereo camera hops), plus UH400 plug-on transmitters for wireless booms and music/PA feeds. Lectrosonics SMQV super miniature dual battery, MM400c miniature water resistant, and UT handheld transmitters were also at Bedaux’s disposal.
In all, there were over 75 UCR 411a compact receivers, covering seven different blocks, for the crew’s audio field bags, the six main cameras and assigned to the story producer cameras.
Completing the picture, Lectrosonics Venue receiver systems stocked with VRT modules and UDR200C diversity receivers were deployed in the control room. Bedaux reports, “We used over 56 coordinated wireless transmitter frequencies daily. Since this was a non-elimination reality show, all of the wireless needed to work 24/7 for 32 consecutive days of production. RF coordination was tight, but with Lectrosonics’ wireless and special coordination software, I knew it could be done.”
The show featured 32 fans from 32 countries, all living in Bud House in South Africa, who ate, slept, played and lived soccer together. The winning fanatic traveled to the World Cup Final in Johannesburg and presented the Man of the Match trophy to the final team’s Most Valuable Player.