Boom Right Masterclass with Ken Strain
This Boom Operator Masterclass was filmed live in Los Angeles in 2016. Sponsored by K-Tek, and the help of LA Sound Mixers, Ken Strain demonstrates the basic skills needed to excel in the new age of long takes and many cameras that most sets have now. The course is designed to instill a base level of technique and understanding that can be the foundation for a successful and injury-free career.
You will learn how to carefully choose and adjust your equipment so that you can move with more freedom and comfort. Your equipment can be the difference between being able to boom a difficult shot, or having to sit it out and rely on wireless mics. In addition, some of the equipment shown will allow you to safely leave your microphone on set, and plant microphones with speed and ease.
Once we get the equipment sorted out, we show you how to hold and move with the boom so that minimum energy and maximum range of motion is achieved, as well as steadiness. Some of this information directly challenges what you see in popular YouTube videos by less experienced (but well-meaning) sound people. We go from broad technique to addressing subtler aspects of mic handling for dialogue that make a noticeable difference in quality. Lots of little tricks are shared here that would take years to discover on your own. It all comes down to listening and paying attention to what’s working and what isn’t.
As a boom operator, a huge part of your success depends on how you work with other people on the set. We show you how to approach the set with the right mindset, and set etiquette so that you start off on the right foot. Everything you need to level up is here. Integrate it, or innovate it!
Select and adjust the equipment you use for maximum effectiveness
Learn fundamental techniques in holding and using the boom.
Keep your shoulders and arms from getting tired and wearing out.
Learn new approaches to common situations on set
Interface with the whole crew and your own department for maximum effectiveness.
Several wiring techniques are shared
- Lectures 4
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 3 Hours
- Skill level All Levels
- Language English
- Students 55
- Certificate Yes
- Assessments Yes