Chicago, IL (August 5, 2009)–Sound Devices had a starring role alongside Johnny Depp and Marion Cotillard in Michael Mann’s latest film, Public Enemies.
Sound Devices 744T and 788T digital recorders secured sound effects and dialogue on the set of Universal Pictures’ new action-thriller, Public Enemies, the story of legendary Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger (Depp). Working directly under the film’s renowned co-writer/director/producer, Michael Mann, sound mixer Blair Scheller needed superior audio. He turned to Sound Devices’ digital recorders to capture the wide range of sounds on location.
Scheller was originally hired as a boom operator for the film, working under sound mixer Ed Novick. As filming progressed, a second mix team-the B-unit-was called upon to pick up shots that were originally missed while on location in Wisconsin. Scheller was put in charge of a complete sound crew, including Jim Heitz as boom operator and Mike Capulli on sound utility.
The crew spent several days capturing standard pick-up shots of gunfire and photo-double drive-by shots. The recording during these initial stages was done with the Sound Devices 744T, a four-track digital recorder; subsequently, Sound Devices’ latest recorder, its 8-track digital recorder, the 788T, was added to the mix-personally delivered by a technical support specialist at Sound Devices.
“The arrival of the 788T couldn’t have been timed any better, as I definitely needed more than four tracks to accommodate the location sound for the film,” said Scheller. “I’m impressed with the 788T’s flawless performance and the evolution of the machine. It’s not even a year old, and with the continuous firmware updates, it’s a completely different machine today than when it was first delivered. It’s totally keeping up with the different needs that arise on a movie set.”
Public Enemies, which also stars Christian Bale, was released July 1.
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