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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: Production Sound Mixer - Volunteer

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: International Women's Initiative
Country: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Closing date: 15 Aug 2017

Most film sets are challenging environments for Mixers because there are often unwanted noises to deal

with, or the required camera shots hamper the placing of microphones. Approximately two weeks before

the first day of principal photography, Production Sound Mixers meet with the Producer and Director.

They discuss their creative intentions, (is the sound naturalistic or stylised, etc.), technical requirements

and budgetary issues. They also meet with the Costume Department and Visual Effects Supervisors to

discuss the placement of microphones on or around the actors, and visit all locations to check for

potential sound problems.

When filming begins, Sound Crews arrive on set half-an- hour before call time to prepare their equipment.

During rehearsals, the Production Sound Mixer and Boom Operator plan where they should place

microphones to get the best possible sound quality. After each take, Production Sound Mixers (who are

situated off set, but close by), check the quality of sound recording and, if necessary, ask for another

take. Production Sound Mixers work with the Boom Operator to select suitable types of microphone.

They carefully reposition these microphones for each set-up, to ensure adequate sound coverage.

If music is required in a scene, Production Sound Mixers also set up playback equipment and speakers

for the actors. At the end of each shooting day, Production Sound Mixers may send the day's sound

recording files to post production. They also hand over originals to the Camera Assistant, who packages

them up with the camera rushes. Production Sound Mixers finish work when the film wraps (is

completed). Production Sound Mixers work on a freelance basis on features and drama productions. The

hours are long and the work often involves long periods working away from home.

Have a good understanding of electronics
Have a good working knowledge of all sound recording equipment
Understand microphones, lighting techniques and camera lens angles
Have an interest in acoustics and audio technology
Understand the requirements of the other departments on feature films
Be aware of on-set protocols
Be computer literate.
Have excellent listening skills
Have good communication skills
Be diplomatic and tactful
Be able to give and to accept direction
Have good attention to detail
Ability to make decisions under pressure
Understand the relevant health and safety laws and procedures

How to apply:


To apply, email CV and cover letter to

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