Budapest, Hungary (June 17, 2015)—Hungarian sound recordist Ottó Oláh, a 30-year veteran of the movie business, uses Lectrosonics SMb transmitters, recently using them on Álom.net (Dream.net).
The film, for director Gábor N. Forgács, captures both the action of a boys’ high school basketball team and high school cheerleaders rooting for them. While capturing the sounds of the basketball training and dialog was difficult enough, Oláh’s real challenge was getting the sound right for the cheerleaders. The difficulty was not only that the cheerleaders were often simultaneously, cheering, chatting, jumping and shouting—their tiny costumes for the film consisted of very short miniskirts and half tank tops.
“The Lectrosonics SMb transmitters were the perfect solution,” says Oláh, who purchased them from Lectrosonics’ distributor in Hungary, TWELCO. Oláh has worked as a location sound recordist on more than 25 films internationally, including several blockbuster American and European films, as well as several television shows and commercials.
“The SM Series transmitters are so small that we could hide them in the tops; we just had to be careful when taping down the mics so the girls were ready for exercise. The unique RM remote control helped in setting the frequency and audio gain, sleep, wake, lock and unlock modes. The RM was working fine but the boom operator always looked for the SM transmitter on the cheerleaders, Sound quality was, of course, beyond reproach and with a 12-track file-based recorder, we could also handle the scenes with many actors.”
With this experience with Lectrosonics, Ottó was confident when working with Forgács during the shooting of their next film together, Pillangók(Butterflies), even when shooting a scene where the little boy in the lead role was talking to his friends while playing soccer on the field.