Sound Utility Hank Martin's credits include TV shows "Drop Dead Diva,“居民," and "Brockmire" as well as blockbuster films "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,”“塞尔玛,和《闲和庄娱乐》(Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising)." In this episode, he unpacks his role.
A sound utility is considered the third member in the hierarchy of the sound department and assists the department in a range of tasks during pre-生产 and 生产.
在前期制作, the sound mixer communicates with the team what kind of equipment will be needed for the shoot. The sound utility will order this equipment and will have a “load-in day” when they will prep all of the 消耗品 and the sound cart for the first day of 生产. The sound utility will be responsible for maintaining this equipment throughout the run of the 生产.
在拍摄过程中, the sound utility assists the sound department and acts as a liaison between the department and set to problem-solve any issues that arise in the 生产 that could jeopardize sound quality. The sound utility will arrive on set at least thirty minutes before call time each day. They will first help the sound mixer figure out where to place the sound cart on set, making sure that the cart and any sound equipment remains out of the shots 这是 planned for the day. Then, they will work to prep all of the equipment needed for the day. The sound utility must make sure that any appliances interfering with sound are turned off when the camera is rolling, taking care to remember to turn them back on at the appropriate time. The sound utility will also place microphones on actors in such a way that they are not visible.
If needed, the sound utility will stand in as a second boom operator. When they aren’t working as a second boom operator, the sound utility will assist the sound department by managing paperwork, 消耗品, 时间卡, and speaking with the 生产 office about needed repairs or losses. They will continue these daily tasks throughout 生产.
解决问题: When the needs of 生产 threaten to compromise sound quality, the sound utility must problem-solve with other departments to ensure that sound quality remains a priority.
人际交往能力: A sound utility develops a rapport with other departments and cast members. An ability to prioritize and communicate needs, 尊重他人, 与他人妥协是至关重要的.
自我保健: Sound utilities work 10-12 hours a day on their feet, often holding a boom op over their head as a second boom op. Considering things like what shoes to wear and how to stay in shape will allow a sound utility to work effectively for the entire run of the 生产.
Familiarize yourself with the needs of the sound department on a film set and gain an understanding of sound equipment. As you do this, work to hone your people skills as well as your organizational skills. This will help you develop key relationships that can lead to getting hired as a sound utility.
PRO TIP: When you are starting out in the sound department, have a physical list of all the tasks you need to accomplish as a sound utility in the morning. Cross off each task as you complete it and keep this list until you have it memorized.
Salaries for a sound utility vary according to the 生产 budget and whether or not you're in a union. For more information on union salaries and how to join a union, visit http://www.iatse.net/
The equipment that the Sound Utility uses is often provided by the 生产.
繁荣人事处: The boom op, or “boom operator,” places microphones on set, mainly using the boom pole, a long pole with a microphone attached at the end that enables the microphone to get as close to the principal actors 尽可能的.
消耗品: Equipment needed for the sound department and ordered for the 生产. Can include batteries, wires, microphones, etc. 这是 necessary to achieve the best sound quality in a given 生产 location.
加载: Refers to a day in which the sound utility receives the needed 消耗品 for the 生产 and organizes and prepares them for the first day of the 生产.
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