DPA Mic A Museum Piece

Veteran production sound mixer Danny Michael has been using his DPA Microphones d:dicate 4017B shotgun for the productions on which he works, including the recent film, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.
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New York, NY (January 12, 2015)—Veteran production sound mixer Danny Michael has been using his DPA Microphones d:dicate 4017B shotgun for the productions on which he works, including the recent film, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

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Michael first discovered DPA Microphones in 2011 during pre-production for feature film Now You See Me. “I was tasked with finding a headset mic to use during the on-stage magic scenes in the movie,” he says. “We received a few different samples, but the DPA d:fine stood out as it provided the best sound. Since it was ultimately an artistic decision, I left it to the director to make the final call and, luckily, he also preferred the d:fine. That little mic piqued my interest to try additional DPA products and I’ve been using the brand ever since.”

Within the last year, Michael has also used DPA mics on a variety of productions, including the New York set of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. While filming exterior shots with actors Ben Stiller and Ricky Gervais outside of the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, Michael relied on DPA’s d:dicate 4017B to battle the noise of Central Park West.

“We found that the d:dicate 4017B was very useful for this project since it is small and lightweight, which lends perfectly for use during closer shots on the actors,” he says. “With other microphones, which tend to be longer, when you come in for a close-up, sometimes it doesn’t sound flattering because it adds an odd tube-like sound. The d:dicate doesn’t have that discoloration, which is a very positive aspect.”

Michael once again favored the 4017B when facing the city’s rough weather while filming the pilot for NBC’s fall drama, Allegiance. “I am using the d:dicate 4017B more frequently and trying it on a variety of projects to get an even better feel for what it can withstand,” says Michael.

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