DPA Captures Mad Max’s Fury

Award-winning production sound mixer Ben Osmo employed DPA's d:screet 4063 miniature microphones during the shooting of action scenes for George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road.
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New York, NY (July 2, 2015)—Award-winning production sound mixer Ben Osmo employed DPA's d:screet 4063 miniature microphones during the shooting of action scenes for George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road.

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Osmo also used DPA d:screet 4062 miniature microphones for cabled recordings of various vehicles in the scenes, which were involved in fast, furious and bumpy chases across Africa’s Namib Desert. The mics were held firm inside each vehicle by DPA magnet mounts.

"I love DPA mics because they have a transparent sound and are the best for wind noise," said Osmo. "For this film, Leon Hart at DPA's Australian distributor, Amber Technology, suggested I use d:screet 4063 miniature microphones because they matched the voltage outputs of my Lectrosonics SMV and SMVQ transmitters. I have been using DPA lapel mics for many years because they have the most transparent sound of any lapel mic currently on the market."

On Fury Road, vehicle noises often drowned out the dialogue, particularly if actors were in the vehicles or standing near them, so Osmo close-miked everyone to get usable guide tracks. "We used low sensitivity d:screet miniature microphones for the eight principle cast members who were inside the War Rig cabin and these provided all dialogue and all transmitted sound FX," he said.

"At the same time, we placed a lot of hidden DPA d:screet mics in the cabin for FX and for catching the action. We also positioned them around the engine bay, near the exhausts and transmission and up on the top of the War Rig, and they were used in other vehicles and on the vast supporting cast."

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