PROFESSION: BOOM MEN
At first glance, holding 1,5 kilo over your head for 200 euro per day seems to be not the hardest job, but this is only at first glance.
You can never learn to work with a boom microphone from a book, it’s impossible – you need a practical skill. You need to hear your own defect as soon as possible.
GOOD NEWS – IN HALF A DAY YOU CAN LEARN THE BASICS OF THE BOOM OPERATOR JOB.
Go to the mirror. if the reflection shows you a strong, hardy person who can hold a long pole over the head for 10 hours at one end, do not rush to call the producer.
Still in front of the mirror, pick up a mop, turn on the timer and make sure that the person in the mirror is skillful enough to make subtle movements and freeze for a long time in uncomfortable positions.
For example, you will have to crawl to an imaginary actor from under the frame. This position is called “boom from the bottom.” But this, as you understand, is not the most important thing.
The main thing for a boom sound engineer is the ability to distinguish indistinguishable rustles.
If you are sure that your hearing is just fine, move away from the mirror and go to the studio.
WHAT TO BUY ON THE WAY?
You must buy fashion cotton gloves for gardeners and, the main thing – scrunchies with balls.
Gloves will allow you to move your hand silently along a fishing rod, and with the help of scrunchies you can fasten and detach the wires with one hand. The world’s boom men consider scrunchies to be an ideal device for that. You should spread scrunchies around all your pockets. In case if it breaks.
AND THE LAST PIECE OF ADVICE. ACTUALLY, TWO:
If you take the “Y” position (legs are together, arms are apart), the entire load will go on the arms muscles. They will go numb before the stop command, and then the terrible can happen. Director will cry: “The boom is in the frame!” and his anger will be inevitable. In this sense, the letter “H” (see picture) is much more reliable. The load is on the bones, not on the muscles.
Stock up on a soft cloth and cover everything you can with it. Thus, you will not have extra reflections and echoes.
Good luck! And we wish you ‘good sound’!
Illustration: Tatyana Vladimirova