Belfast, N. Ireland (August 30, 2012)-Emmy-nominated production sound mixer Ronan Hill is once again using Sound Devices’ 788T recorder to capture dialog and ambience for the next season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
A medieval fantasy television series created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, “Game of Thrones” is an adaptation of “A Song of Ice and Fire,” George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels chronicling the violent dynastic struggles among several noble families for control of the Iron Throne. With a character count of more than 300, a typical “Game of Thrones” scene can have more than 10 principal characters speaking. In order to keep ADR to a minimum, Hill is tasked with capturing all the dialogue on location as well as recording ambiance.
Hill used the 788T on the first season of “Game of Thrones,” which won CAS and IFTA nominations for Best Sound. At the start of season two, Hill invested in a Sound Devices 788T-SSD, which became his main recorder on the cart, with the 744T used as a cart-based, two-channel backup. His original 788T became his dedicated portable run-and-gun recorder and is fitted with a Sound Devices CL-8 mixing controller.
“I have always found the Sound Devices recorders to be very flexible, reliable and user friendly, but most of all they sound fantastic,” says Hill. “They get used in all conditions and always perform well. I can’t wait to hear what they come up with next.”
The cart-based 788T-SSD is also fitted with a CL-8, which allows inputs one and two (the boom and lav mix) to be mixed to the left channel to produce a production mix for editorial and dailies. No audio is recorded at the camera. Hill also has a Sound Devices CL-WIFI, which is very useful for track naming, among other benefits.
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