Atlanta, GA (April 15, 2016)—DPA Microphones came to the rescue when the production audio team went looking for a solution for the helicopter and car chase scenes in True Memoirs of an International Assassin, a comedy starring Kevin James.
The DPA mics were selected by the movie’s production sound mixer, Michael “Koffy” Koff, CAS, who purchased a pair after using them for the first time on the set of TV show Finding Carter. “I’d been using competitor brand boundary mics for plants and car rigs for years, but when I placed the d:screet SC4098 next to its competitor in the same scene, the results blew me away. The warmth and presence of dialogue through the DPAs far exceeded my expectations; it sounded more like a shotgun than a plant mic,” says Koff.
Once Koff began working on True Memoirs, he found even more benefits of using the d:screet SC4098s in comparison to his former solutions. “My other two plant microphones are bright and tinny, and it can be a struggle to hide the excess cable, but the d:screet SC4098 allows me to put it almost anywhere, while giving me the warmth I want,” he says.
“They’re so easy to hide because you don’t have 12 feet of cable, so you can just put a piece of tape over the transmitter and it’s blacked out. The rejection of the d:screet SC4098 also allowed me to get clean, crisp dialogue even in scenes in which traffic was passing by or windows were open. I’m still surprised it doesn’t clip. I always gain my SM transmitters to 30 [dB] for normal level and it gave me plenty of room to play.”
Koff used d:screet SC4098 mics “in our helicopter gimbal, which we constantly had Ritter fans blowing directly into.” Adding a Rycote windcover and some fur, he says, “We were able to get quite a bit of useable dialogue during our stunts, which was unexpected.”