Norris Captures Ben Affleck with DPA

Freelance production sound mixer Whit Norris, CAS, decided to plant a variety of DPA Microphones’ d:screet 4098 supercardioid microphones near the actors in order to capture the dialogue of the upcoming Ben Affleck film, The Accountant.
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Los Angeles, CA (October 2, 2015)—Freelance production sound mixer Whit Norris, CAS, decided to plant a variety of DPA Microphones’ d:screet 4098 supercardioid microphones near the actors in order to capture the dialogue of the upcoming Ben Affleck film, The Accountant.

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Scheduled for an October, 2016 release, The Accountant is a thriller written by Bill Dubuque and directed by Gavin O’Connor. The story centers on a mild-mannered accountant who moonlights as an assassin, played by Ben Affleck. Since the film is heavily based on dialogue, Norris and his team, boom operator Doug Cameron and sound utility/second boom operator Alana Knutson, utilized the d:screet 4098 mics with a Lectrosonics transmitter in order to plant them in various scenarios. Norris also used the d:dicate 4017B shotgun microphone as his main boom microphone.

With their small cable and integrated gooseneck, the 4098s provided Norris and his team with the ability to use the mics in tight spots. “For example, when we were shooting actors in cars, we would put the d:screet 4098 mics up in the visor and hide them, or we’d plant them low,” explains Norris.

“In one scene, in a very large car, the actor playing the passenger kept moving closer to the driver and then backing away. With two hidden d:screet 4098 microphones, we were able to cover the audio for both characters. We also used one of the d:screet 4098 mics on-camera as a podium mic during a press conference scene, and it sounded great for that, too,” he says.

Norris, who has purchased six d:screet 4098 mics as well as two d:dicate 4017B shotguns, also used a Deva 16 as his main recorder, a Sound Devices 970 as a backup recorder and a Sonosax ST8D mixer.

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