“I was lucky enough to be asked to work on the project by a long-time associate and UPM, Tim Lonsdale,” Durfy says. “We had one scene to shoot where the boys discover Eleven in an absolute downpour in the woods at night. I’ve never seen such an ambitious rain gag setup. The boys have a long walk through the rain from a very wide shot towards camera. There was no chance to boom the shot so we used d:screet™ Slim 4061
s, knowing they sound great and are waterproof. The result sounded great. The mics absolutely got wet, but we knew they would and they were fine - I still use them up to this day!”
Since moving to the UK, Durfy has also worked on The White Princess
, a new historical fiction television series for Starz. Based on Philippa Gregory’s novel of the same name and a prequel to the BBC’s successful miniseries The White Queen
, The White Princess
tells the story of the marriage of Elizabeth of York and Henry VII and the political intrigues surrounding it.
“Think kings and queens, castles and large battle scenes,” Durfy says. “It was a great project to work on after shortly moving to the UK as it took me to so many wonderful locations all over England and then on to Spain.
During filming, Durfy’s DPAs were mainly used to record dialogue and for on-set reference for sound effects.
“Different microphones are used depending on the scene’s demands: interior/exterior, camera framing, reverb/reflections, hidden in frame, etc.,” he explains. “Whatever I’m recording, I like to use DPA microphones because they sound fantastic. Also, you know that each DPA will sound just like the others with its flat response pattern. Finally, they are dependable in all sorts of conditions. DPA’s high RF immunity really proves to be a boon on set when you have limited time and need the tools to work properly the first time.”