Randy Shattuck with the Countryman B6 Omnidirectional Lavalier microphone.
San Jose, CA (October 9, 2013)—Filmmaker Randy Shattuck is the producer and director of “Riverkids: The Found Children of Cambodia,” a documentary that will air on PBS next year. Recounting how and why child trafficking occurs in Cambodia and, by extension, throughout the world starts with interviews of authorities on the subject and then delves into the underbelly of Cambodian life. Much of the film’s audio was captured with Countryman microphones.
“For this film,” Shattuck explained, “we operated using a 24-bit / 96 kHz sample rate for our audio. As a great portion of our narrative audio would ultimately sit in the center channel of the 5.1 surround sound mix, the audio quality of that dialog was extremely important. With much of the film’s audio coming from high-end condenser mics combined with studio-grade processing, we wanted the field audio quality to be every bit on par. So when the question arose about what mic to use for our field recording, such as the interviews, the only acceptable answer was the Countryman B6.”
“We first used the B6 in our commercial and industrial productions where we had to have impeccable audio quality,” Shattuck continued. “Based upon our experience with those projects, I knew the B6 would be a great choice for our interviews. We used the B6 to capture extensive interviews with Pulitzer Prize winning author and Stanford University faculty member Joel Brinkley, author of Cambodia's Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land. Similarly, we used our B6 mics with Dale Edmonds, founder of Riverkids, whose mission is to prevent the sale and exploitation of children in Phnom Penh, and also with Executive Director Sophon Phy. Further, we used the B6 for our interview with Chanrithy Him, author of When Broken Glass Floats, the story of how she survived the Khmer Rouge.”
“The B6 sounds terrific,” he says. “This mic has exceptional frequency response, enabling audio to sound clear and natural. Because of its broad, omnidirectional polar pattern, the mic delivers very high quality audio—even when non-professional speakers turn their heads during interviews. They are my ‘go to’ mics for any close miking situation. When I work on a project and use my B6’s, I know they’re going to work and that I can trust them to deliver exactly what I’m looking to capture.”