"Classifieds" Opportunity

Film #2 of the Summer; I got called to do more audio work for another short film called "Classifieds" in the middle of August in Massachusetts. I had applied to be cinematographer, and was offered the Audio Mixer position instead. I'll take what I can get.

It sounded like the production company/crew already had audio equipment, but it turns out they don't ... and I don't either, so I was not too sure if this was the right project for me. They said they are considering getting a shotgun for the film, so I'm thinking to myself, "considering? Well, what am I going to do if we don't have any audio equipment INCLUDING MICS!" BUT, rather than shying away from this project thinking I wont gain any good experience or anything like that, I saw this problem a different way. If I learned one thing from Hamid Shams, it is this: "A problem is not a bad thing, it is an opportunity."

There are unique "opportunities" on film sets every day, so I'm viewing this as the first. I did not realize it at the time, but I actually do have some of my own audio equipment, although my shotgun does not hook up to an XLR, only RCA, so it can only be used with a very limited amount of professional cameras. However, this film is shooting with the Canon 7D which only takes RCA. I have a cable for it and will see if I can get another long one and perhaps build a boom pole. Only going shotty for the whole film may not be ideal, but based on the script and my experiences, it might be the only microphone I would use anyways. Yay for opportunities!

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