Pictured left to right: Whit Norris, Dana Simmons, and Doug Cameron.
Atlanta, GA (January 17, 2014)—Lectrosonic kept it classy on the set of Paramount Pictures’ “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” capturing Ron Burgundy and the news crew with the company’s Digital Hybrid Wireless technology.
Among Norris’ arsenal were six Lectrosonics SMQV and four SMa Super-Miniature transmitters, and two UM400 bodypack transmitters. On the receiving end, his setup consisted of two Venue mainframe receiver systems—each fully stocked with six VRT receiver modules—as well as three UCR411a compact receivers. He discussed the project and his use of the Lectrosonics equipment.
“In addition to our primary Lectrosonics setup,” Norris explained, “we also used an HM plug-on transmitter with a push to talk microphone and a UCR411 receiver attached to a portable loudspeaker. This served as our VOG (Voice of God, communication between the director and cast) for director Adam McKay. And for my team, which consisted of Doug Cameron, Boom Operator and Dana Simmons, 2nd Boom/Sound Utility, we used Lectrosonics R1 and R1A IFB receivers for our private communication and monitoring along with an IFB T4 transmitter.”
With a film shoot like the one for Anchorman 2, one never knows what surprise lines may occur that really help a comedy deliver the laughs. For Norris, capturing everything is critically important. “These days, when you’re filming comedies like Anchorman 2, there are always two to three cameras to cover the many adlibs that occur when you have a cast this creative,” he reports. “No one wants to miss a performance or line. Even with multiple booms, you may not capture every line unless you’re miking and tracking everyone. This is what Lectrosonics wireless helps me do—keep everyone miked!”