Barcelona, Spain (April 4, 2017)—Capturing dialogue between two half-naked actresses in the confines of a river boat might seem a daunting challenge, but sound mixer Diego Casares, with his collection of Lectrosonics wireless equipment, was up to the task.
“When you have a half-naked actress in a 3-meter by 3-meter room with a super-low ceiling, that’s when the Lectrosonics SSM really shines,” says Casares. During his 14 years in the audio industry he has collaborated with directors such as Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, Michel Gondry and Jaume Balagueró and worked as a sound editor, ADR recordist and dubbing mixer He now runs the Spain-based location sound and postproduction company Let’s Sound alongside the sound mixer Aritz Sanjurjo.
As We Like It, directed and edited by Spanish Academy Award-winner Carlos Marques-Marcet, and produced by Lastor Media (Spain) in coproduction with VennerFilm (UK) and La Panda Productions (US) stars Oona Chaplin, Natalia Tena and David Verdaguer and features a guest appearance by Geraldine Chaplin. Casares worked with boom operator Juan Montoto Ugarte on the six-week shoot in east London. Marcos Cardós assisted on scenes that required a second boom operator.
Marques-Marcet likes to give his actors freedom of movement, so anything might happen on-set, says Casares. “There was a scene where Eva [Oona Chaplin] and Kat [Natalia Tena] were supposed to have sex, so we were not allowed to mic them under their clothes as they could potentially take them off during the scene. That was when the SSM came into the action.” Lectrosonics’ SSM transmitter is so tiny that it can be easily hidden in clothing or, as in this case, an actor’s hair.
“These special moments that Carlos and his actors uniquely create on-set would be impossible to recreate on the ADR stage,” he says. “But with the help of Jesús Martos and Danae Gatell, the incredible hair and makeup team, and Oona’s willingness to wear the SSM and mic capsule hidden in her hair, we managed to capture the performances.”