I had a week between films so I decided to add a few things to my sound arsenal to help me out. I needed a case for my boom pole and microphones, Neopax or transmitter pouches when wardrobe gives me few options, and a few micing aids and techniques to help reduce rustling of clothes when I place wireless mics on actors.
Alfa Case makes a nice boom tube but I decided with my week off, I might as well save some money and make them myself. For a standard 12' boom pole, 3'8" of pvc pipe with an end cap and a screw on end cap with some 1/4" polyprolene rope through a few holes to carry it with, this only took about 45 minutes to make each one. I also added some foam on each end cap and some along the inner top of the tube to protect the pole, particularly the tip, when it's in transportation.
Neopax, I made some myself using headliner which is a thicker, softer version of neoprene which is what Neopax is made from. Neoprene is ideal because it is comfortable for skin and is a very good material with sweat, after all, it is what wetsuits are made from. Headliner is often used for car interiors. I used the same designs as Neopax with the same lengths.
I've used the belly packs and thigh packs so far and they have worked well for me, they fit perfectly with my Sennheiser Evolution series transmitters and also fit with my taller GTD-Audio transmitter as pictured. I think I might cut these packs at certain areas from 4" to about 2" to hide them better. We did have to strip the pouch from an actress because it was slightly visible under her cocktail dress.
Next up, Sound Gloves. I've lost the right hand glove on both of my pairs of setwear gloves. I've been recommended by an old-timer mixer to get cotton gloves. Although I need more grip than standard cotton gloves. I currently use polyester gloves which are almost as silent as cotton but they definitely don't give me the grip I need to tighten and untighten a boom pole. Fingerless gloves is what I need so I can have the precision I need with my fingers; cotton palms is what I need for silence, although I also need some sort of grip on them too. In a perfect world, I would also go with a mesh neoprene backhand as well, which I've seen on some fingerless gloves. I just got myself some cotton gloves, but I think I will basically merge/sew those mesh neoprene gloves (sueded grip palm) with the cotton gloves over the palm, so I will have the comfort, grip, and a smooth silencer over the suede grip palms.