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73 – Making Great Sound for Your Documentary with Jean Umansky

By The Documentary Life

Jean Umansky is one of the most respected sound persons in the field of filmmaking. He is a French sound engineer who has worked on over 50+ narrative and documentary films, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Sound on Amelie.   In our conversation with Jean, he guides us through some best practices for not only achieving optimal sound, but also for creating sound in a way that shapes the very story of your documentary film.   Topics Discussed how sound can shape the story just as much as the visual learning and using the language of sound with the director importance of mic placement, shock mount, windscreen tips for achieving great sound as a documentary filmmaker   5 Tips for Getting Good Sound on Your Doc And as an opening volley to our episode on sound, I take us through 5 Tips for Getting Good Sound on Your Doc, which are: test your gear bring your headphones think about location clothing rustle consider using a wired lav   Related Resources ° Watch the 7 Ways to Hide Lav Video   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D85HmR825wM   ° Joris Ivens   In the episode, Jean, mentions a documentary filmmaking pioneer by the name of Joris Ivens.  I have since looked this man up.  You won't believe this guy's story!  You can read more by checking out his Wiki page.     ° Watch the Nenette Documentary Trailer   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQo8prT25ug   Subscribe Apple | Spotify | Stitcher |   Rate and Review If you have found value in this podcast please leave a review so it can become more visible to others.  Simply click the link and then click on the Ratings and Reviews tab to make your entry.  Thank you for your support!    

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