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Noise Issues in my Video

I spent a lot of money on 2 Rode NTG-2 microphones because I know the importance of quality sound in film and video production. The audience will forgive poor video before they forgive poor sound. We used the Zoom H4N as our recording device.

No matter how good your equipment is,  you will still inevitably run into noise issues. Filming a movie in Taiwan makes things worst. Temples, advertisement cars, firecrackers and cicadas are but a few of the sound issues that we had to contend  with.

Of course, air/room tone must always be recorded, but you still might end up with too much noise around your dialogue when you boost the levels.

What can you do?

Well you have two options.

  1. Dub the sound by rerecording in studio.
  2. Cleaning the sound up with software such as Audacity- which is the tip I am presenting today.
Thanks Bill  Myers! Hope you also find this helpful.

DSLR Filmmaking- Panasonic GH2

DSLR’s have created a revolution in filmmaking that us indie filmmakers have embraced. I remember my excitement at first using the  Letus Extreme. I was enthralled by the tremendous control over depth of field that I was given. I was able to enjoy the aesthetic beauty of bokeh, and all of the emotional gravitas that it commands, coupled with the use of a rack focus to shift one’s attention as well as one’s state. Basically, it was just pretty darn cool.

But, the letus was also a pain to set up.
Now with DSLR’s, we can run and gun and still have tremendous quality- if we can manage to keep things in focus.
I love my Panasonic GH2- I highly recommend it to anyone looking to quality film-like video.

Filmmakers of Note

Hello World,

This is my first blog post. In this blog I hope to express things that interest me in the worlds of film, filmmaking,  photography and psychedelics.

I hope that there are others that share my interests and, as such, find the contents of this blog to be stimulating.

If I’m the only one who ever sees this blog, than so be it, I am really writing it for myself. Perhaps by writing it for myself, others are more likely to find it interesting- perhaps not.

For starters, here are a couple of lists.

First, a  list of filmmakers that have greatly influenced me, followed by a wishlist of filmmakers that I wish to study more.

Filmmakers that greatly influence me:

  • David Lynch
  • Roman Polansky
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Darren Aronofsky
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • Martin Scorsese
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Francis Ford Coppola
  • Sophia Coppola
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Joel and Ethan Coen
  • David Cronenberg
  • Richard Linklater
Filmmakers that I wish to study more:
  • Werner Herzog
  • Frederico Fellini
  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Hayao Miyazaki
  • Lars Von Trier
  • Wong Kar-wai
The above lists by no means represent the entirety of filmmakers that interest me,  just those that come to mind as I write this post.