TOPIC: Sound Supervisor Gigs and Rock Stars!
In this Mantis Discuss, we had the opportunity to sit down with Jack Sparks to discussion Sound Supervisor Roles and how to organize a big show with multiple audio mixers and production needs.
Jack Sparks and I both had the opportunity of working on National Graphic’s Rock Stars. This show was about construction workers that go around the United States and repair mountains that are next to highways.
If you have ever seen a “Caution Rocks Falling” sign, it means that this crew hasn’t been there yet to make it safe! It is a dangerous job for crew and construction workers alike, because a rock can hit you at any moment.
Working on this job was extremely difficult. It involved extremely long takes (over 4-5 hours). It also involved these workers to hang off the mountain, and because of this it made changing gain on transmitters and changing frequencies even harder.
Sound Supervisors are responsible for all the sound of a project, even if they delegate the recording to another sound mixer. Out shoot had 2 sound mixers to record everything. At the time, the recorders on the market for ENG Bag use could only handle up to 16 tracks.
We split the cast up accordingly, which means we had to have two kits for the production. The Sound Supervisor is in charge of initially setting up and invoicing for both kits. They are the go to when anything goes wrong with sound.
This was a LIVE DISCUSSION that was recorded on July 3rd, 2018 @ 2:00PM Pacific Time on Facebook. We archive them here for everyone for free. Be sure to check out the others.
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