South Barrington, IL (March 6, 2008)–To illustrate its AIDS relief and prevention efforts in Malawi, Willow Creek Community Church shot a video presentation for World AIDS Day, using Sound Devices’ 744T digital recorder. A stereo shotgun mic and two wireless lavalier systems captured interviews with local church leaders and those involved with the relief efforts in Africa.
“The reason we wanted to use the 744T was because we were shooting with two cameras and we needed the flexibility to change our configuration in a moment’s notice,” explains Jeff Beaumont, sound mixer for the video. “Gene Appel, our teaching pastor and on-camera person for the project, would go into a situation wired up for an interview. We’d typically put a lavalier on the person to be interviewed, but if it turned out there were five or six people that needed to be interviewed at once, we’d use the shotgun mic. With the 744T, we were ready to switch back and forth between any setup required.”
The recorder was used in conjunction with a Sound Devices 442 field production mixer, with the direct outputs set into the four tracks of the 744T, offering flexibility during post production.
The 744T recorder was able to capture a unique but unexpected aspect of Malawi’s culture. “Whenever you go to meet a group of people from Malawi, especially in a church setting, they usually sing a song to greet you,” Beaumont continues. “I used a lot of these songs as the basis for our soundtrack. I knew that what we were picking up was being recorded exactly the way we heard it–the 744T preserved every nuance of sound that we picked up on the microphones.”
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