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: Greg Malcangi on Good Audio for Your Film
Audio post-production pro Greg Malcangi talked to us about optimizing audio in filmmaking. London born and trained, Malcangi now owns Darkside Audio
, based in Macedonia. Depending on budget, filmmakers can hire a Production Audio Manager (PSM) to deal with audio on set, or do the audio management themselves.
Working with a Dedicated PSM
What steps can be taken on set during filmmaking to avoid problems later in post-production? Malcangi replies, “In a word, ‘consideration’! Many filmmakers, at all levels, seem fixated on the image until they get to post-production, when it's already too late.”
He goes on to say, “Most audio problems can be fixed in audio post but almost without exception, the fix results in more cost and compromised quality. So ‘consideration’ of audio is needed throughout the filmmaking process.”
“For instance,” Malcangi says, “as soon as you've completed the shooting script go through it with the Production Sound Mixer (PSM). The PSM should be able to identify many potential problems and suggest a range of possible solutions before you get anywhere near the set. For example, an extreme solution may be to change the filming location, a potentially viable option if proffered at an early stage of pre-production but much less viable if you're already on set.”
There’s another aspect to Malcangi’s “consideration.” “Give your PSM the respect and authority he/she deserves on set as a department head and which he/she needs to help you make the best film possible.”
Malcangi stresses, “It's such a shame to see a good acting performance captured on film, only to be destroyed by lifeless ADR.”READ MORE...