DPA Microphones Tackle a Medieval Fantasy
NewsDPA’s 4071 Lavalier Microphones Help Award-winning Production Sound Mixer Ronan Hill Deliver Crystal-Clear Dialogue for HBO’s Third Series of Game of ThronesLast Updated: November 27, 2012 10:24 pm GMT
(London, UK--November 27, 2012) To ensure that his original recordings were as pristine as possible, Emmy Award winning Production Sound Mixer Ronan Hill employed DPA Microphones’ 4071 lavaliere microphones to capture the on-location dialogue while filming the third series of HBO’s medieval fantasy television series Game of Thrones.
“The DPA 4071 microphones have really helped to keep ADR on Game of Thrones to a minimum, and have contributed to the show receiving a Primetime Emmy for Best Sound,” says Hill. “As someone who was brought up to ‘get it on the boom’ and only use radio mics when there was no other way, I have become a convert to them when used with DPA’s 4071 lavaliere microphones. When used outside, the 4071 provides really good isolation from environmental conditions, while still retaining a natural vocal quality. It also offers reinforcement to the boom when utilized indoors. It is a rare occasion when these mics aren’t included in my audio mix.”
Replacing poorly recorded dialogue during post production may be an intrinsic part of making a film or television program, but it certainly saves production companies time and money if ADR can be kept to a minimum. DPA’s 4071 mics became the lavalier microphone of choice on Game of Thrones at the start of Series Two, having been recommended by supervising sound editor Stefan Henrix.
“You soon appreciate how good they sound’” Hill explains. They are available with well thought out accessories to aid fitting, and we fitted them to all cast with dialogue. Thankfully, the cast appreciate that the costumes are difficult for sound, so they are tolerant to tweaks that will save the need for ADR.”
Game of Thrones, an adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy novels “A Song of Ice and Fire,” was created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. The plot revolves around a violent dynastic struggle among several noble families for control of the Iron Throne. Since first airing in 2010, the show has been a huge critical success and has won numerous awards for the quality of its production.
“The show is filmed in many remote and hard to get to locations – and in all kinds of weather conditions,” continues Hill. “In Series One, we were shooting in below freezing temperatures, while in Series Two we had to contend with a hurricane. Every day is an adventure in sound.”
With three series of the program now under his belt, Ronan Hill still maintains that his favourite shooting experience was Blackwater (Episode 9 in Series Two).
“With large battle scenes in addition to the great dialogue, it had real potential for sound,” he explains. “There was so much texture to record with the added challenge of isolating the dialogue. Game of Thrones has a character count of over 300, with scenes of over 10 principal characters speaking. There is always the professional pressure to capture the dialogue on location and keep ADR to a minimum. I wanted to give a presence to the big action scenes and burst the old myth that no scripted dialogue means there is no sound. I also tried to ensure rehearsal for any songs to be sung live.”
Hill’s familiarity with DPA microphone technology has, to date, been limited to DPA 4071s, but he hopes to expand on this in the future. “As a result of my good experiences with the DPA 4071s and the positive feedback I have heard about DPA’s other microphones, I can’t wait to try more of them,” he says.
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