Production Sound Mixer Jesse Parker calls upon ‘Holy Trinity of Sound’ to capture pristine audio and provide smooth workflow for feature film
When production on the upcoming action thriller Altitude took flight, Jesse Parker, a production sound mixer from Los Angeles-based location and post-production audio company ToneMesa Inc.
, was on board. Using his tried-and-true trio of sound recording equipment from DPA Microphones, Sound Devices
, Parker captured pristine audio for the highly anticipated feature film.
Starring Denise Richards, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Liddell and Greer Grammer, Altitude is about a team of thieves who hijack an airliner in search of diamonds stolen from them by a former cohort. Richards plays an FBI agent who forms an uncomfortable alliance with the hijackers’ target, a master thief, to save the passengers before it’s too late.
“I recorded the entire movie on a Sound Devices 633 mixer/recorder, two Wisycom MCR42 Receivers, four Wisycom MTP41 Transmitters and DPA d:screet™ 4061
and d:dicate™ 4017B Shotgun Microphones
,” says Parker. “I never would have needed more than four wireless inputs or one boom, so the 633 was a great fit that also allowed me to carry less weight. It was the perfect tool for the job. On a majority of movies, the production uses a lot more inputs, which in turn requires big rigs with full cartridge systems. With Altitude, there were only a couple of people on camera at any given time, primarily due to the space confinement of the entire movie taking place inside of an airplane. It was easy for me to put the 633 in a bag with two Wisycom receivers. My footprint was very small and I could get in and out of the extremely tight set. The 633 was the clear choice.”