Worcester, UK (May 10, 2018)—UK-based production sound mixer and recordist Colin Nicolson has expanded his Lectrosonics kit and has been using a pair of SSM micro belt pack transmitters for his current production, Walt Disney Pictures’ Artemis Fowl, directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Nicolson, whose credits include Murder on the Orient Express, T2 Trainspotting and The Theory of Everything, began purchasing Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless equipment initially for Edgar Wright’s The World’s End, in 2013.
According to Nicolson, his initial two SSM transmitters proved useful when used with some of the tightly tailored costumes that he encountered on recent productions. For example, he says, “The SSM transmitter was useful for hiding on Alicia Vikander when I mixed the UK part of Tomb Raider—so much so that I bought another two for my current production, Artemis Fowl.”
The film, which started principal photography in March and is scheduled to shoot in England, Northern Ireland and Ho Chi Minh City, stars Judi Dench, Josh Gad and newcomer Ferdia Shaw, in the lead role. It is based on the young adult fantasy novel by Irish author Eoin Colfer and is set for release in August 2019.
Before Nicolson reunited with Branagh—who starred in and directed Murder on the Orient Express—for the Artemis Fowl production, he acquired a third SR Series dual-channel receiver for his most recent shoot. “A third SR allows six channels in portable mode, which came in very useful on The Kid Who Would Be King, which is being released the beginning of 2019, when we filmed at several locations with very difficult access,” he reports.
Murder on the Orient Express featured a very large cast—including Branagh, Tom Bateman, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi and numerous others—that placed even greater demands on his location sound kit, he adds. “I had to increase my channel count. I invested in a Venue 2 receiver and more SMB transmitters, another HMa and two SSMs.”
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