Needless to say, audio is an extremely important part of a film, from the music to the dialogue to the foley assets. Also needless to say, this is just about as low budget a movie as can be made and I have no money for sound.
I reached out to the Boston and New England film community for assistance to no avail. $250/day was about as cheap as it got. So I’ll be doing this on my own.
Why do I need to be so concerned with audio? Google Glass is great at capturing the wearer’s voice but not much else. I needed a solution and this is it.
First off, I spent money where I needed to and improvised where I could.
Our first purchase was actually made for iPhone videography; an inexpensive boom mic. It’s not the greatest in the work and should and will be replaced when the funds are available. But for now, it’s our $60 mic solution. In order to get the mic where it needs to be we needed a boom. Now, a nice lite telescoping mix boom costs $400+. F that. I spent $20 on a telescoping lightbulb changer and with a minor modification, turned it into movie gear:
The place I spent money was the recording device. Despite several attempts to purchase a use version, I ended up buying a new Zoom H4n, which all of the sound people volunteering to charge me hundreds of dollars a day used. I paid $300, or 2 days of audio support.
I’ll also be using this condenser mic I’ve had since the 80s along with my bass rig mic.