May 17, 2014

audio tips for filmmakers
Film is a visual media, but sound is hugely¬†important to filmmaking, it really can make or break a project. So what are some things you can do to ensure you have crisp, clear audio for you films? This week we cover some simple tips to help improve the quality of your sound. From the type of microphone, to where you place the microphone, there’s a lot to learn!


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Interviews are a great chance to capture brilliant audio. Setup a mic just above the frame line, for best results.


If the talent is stationary, why not setup the boom on a light-stand?


If you point the microphone in the same direction as background noise, it will pick up these sounds! Use headphones to find out where the sound is coming from..


..and then setup you microphone so that it is pointing away from the background noise!


Do you really need a wireless lav? Often giving someone a Zoom to put in their pocket, along with an inexpensive lavaliere microphone is more than enough.


Boom poles are a bit obtrusive for weddings and similar events, so lavaliere mics are usually the better choice.


If someone is giving a presentation, particularly if they are walking around on a stage, you don’t want to have to follow them around with a boom. Another great time to use a lavaliere!

Have I missed any tips? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll add them to this post!

Simon Cade

Filmmaker, and host of DSLRguide. Since I was making my first film age 11, I have always been fascinated by the way films are produced, and the effect it can have on the audience.

  • Dera

    Cool Simon, great stuff as always

  • Jocelyn M√©nard

    Hi ! Do you have advice for recording a podcast with many lav ? I use typically 3 lav on a interview and the sound of one person is captured by all the lav with micro delay so when i sync all my audio i have bab result ( echo ) – Sorry for my bad english