I always wondered why they put boom mics directly over the actors instead of just pointing it at them from mouth level off camera.

I was at the masters in motion conference last year and heard Adam Forgione speaking on audio and d’oh – once he explained it, it was so obvious! HA!

You may know that they use directional mics on set. Directional mics by design limit what they pick up from the left and right sides – they pick up sounds directly in front.

But, if you’re pointing it horizontally at an actor, guess what! There are possibly lots of sounds behind the actor – movement, other actors, etc.

So, they put the mic directly over the actors’ heads – so the mic only picks up the actors and nothing behind or around the actors.

Now, doesn’t that make sense?

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