DPA Beats Desert Challenges

The audio team on the short film El Llano De La Paciencia, which premiered during the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, used DPA Microphones to capture dialog and ambient sound.
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Cannes, France (May 26, 2015)—The audio team on the short film El Llano De La Paciencia, which premiered during the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, used DPA Microphones to capture dialog and ambient sound.

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El Llano De La Paciencia premiered on May 14 at The Directors' Fortnight (La Quinzaine des Realisateurs), the opening event for Cannes. It is one of four short films produced as part of Chile Factory, a collective project launched by the festival, CinemaChile, Chile's promotional audiovisual agency, and Chile's Audiovisual Art and Industry Council.

During the production of the film, the audio crew faced some harsh environmental challenges that arose from shooting in the Atacama Desert. Carlo Sánchez Farías, sound production mixer for the film, used a combination of two d:screet 4061s for close miking along with d:dicate 4017B shotgun and 4018C compact supercardioid mics to capture the performance of the Chilean actors.

"Recording audio in a desert is extremely difficult, as it is an intense environment, so production for this short film was very challenging," says Sánchez Farías. "We were up against severe weather and landscape conditions—battling heat, wind, dust and sand—but the mics held up against those elements. Over the five days of filming, I felt very calm and secure working with DPA mics."

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