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DPA Microphones Digs Up Great Audio in the Chilean Desert
El Llano De La Paciencia, one of the four short films produced as part of Chile Factory, a collective project launched by the Cannes Film Festival, CinemaChile, Chile’s promotional audiovisual agency and Chile’s Audiovisual Art and Industry Council, premiered on May 14 at The Directors’ Fortnight (La Quinzaine des Realisateurs), the opening event for Cannes. During the production of the film, the audio crew faced some harsh environmental challenges that arose from shooting in the Atacama Desert. To help them capture pristine dialogue and ambient sounds during the shoot, the team relied on DPA Microphones’ d:screet 4061 Omnidirectional, d:dicate 4017B Shotgun and d:dicate 4018C Compact supercardioid microphones.
El Llano De La Paciencia is the story of two old friends who reunite and travel to the Atacama Desert to dig up a meteorite they left buried 40 years ago. Carlo Sánchez Farías, sound production mixer for the film, knew DPA Microphones’ products had the necessary features to overcome the challenges of filming in the open desert. To address these problems, Sánchez Farías used a combination of two d:screet 4061s for close miking along with the d:dicate 4017B Shotgun and 4018C compact supercardioid mics to capture the performance of the Chilean actors.
“Recording audio in a desert is extremely difficult, as it is an intense environment, so production for this short film was very challenging,” says Sánchez Farías. “We were up against severe weather and landscape conditions — battling heat, wind, dust and sand — but the mics held up against those elements. I have been using the company’s mics for the last year and chose them for this production because they have an outstanding audio quality and are built to be durable, while the design makes them light and comfortable. Over the five days of filming, I felt very calm and secure working with DPA mics.”
During production, Sánchez Farías often turned to the sleek design of the d:screet 4061s to accommodate the directors’ favoured wide camera shots to capture the scenic landscape setting, which would otherwise be obstructed by a boom. Since the d:screet 4061s can easily be concealed in the actors’ wardrobe, they served as a perfect audio solution for close miking to capture the dialogue, without rustling clothes or wind noise interfering.
“The main goal for the production was to record the clearest dialogue possible to eliminate the necessity of ADR sessions,” explains Sánchez Farías. “We wanted to preserve the natural emotion of the improvised dialogue and the 4061 capsules played an important role in these more intimate scenes. Both the d:dicate 4017B Shotgun and 4018C compact supercardioid microphones shined in their respective roles, picking up on the natural sound elements of the desert, which were added to the scenes during post for authentic ambient noise.”
Launched in 2013 by Dominique Welinski, The Factory project selects a different country each year to invite four young directors from around the world to visit and work alongside a local filmmaker. The four short films are later combined to create a feature length film, which debuts at The Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. 2013’s Taipei Factory was the first project, later followed by Nordic Factory in 2014. El Llano De La Paciencia and Chile Factory debuted on May 14, 2015.
22nd May 2015
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