Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Time and Place: Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 4:52 AM

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On Nov. 23 I was invited to the set of Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming, a film that is being shot in Atlanta, to take some

photographs. What impressed me most were the people behind the scenes doing stuff that you never see in the actual film and the way the dozens of people work together. Even though I was there for over an hour they only shot about 30 seconds of actual footage that they would use in the film. This photo features boom operator Allen Williams.

“A lot of people think that my job is just holding a stick with a mic on it. I am actually one of only two or three people on the set whose job is to make sure the film gets good sound quality. I have to know the script as well as the actors. Cause I have to know where to put the mic and who to cue next. I have to know the lighting and understand the light so I do not cast a shadow over one of the actors or the scene because we need to maintain the illusion of reality. I also have to know the cameras and what lens is being used, like whether they have a 50 mm or a 75 mm lens on the camera so that I don’t bring the microphone too close and the boom does not dip into the shot cause if the mic is in the shot there is no way they can use the footage. You would think holding a poll which is only a few ounces would be easy but after you extend it twenty feet and do it for 10 -12 hours it gets really heavy.”

“The film industry right now in Atlanta is awesome. Production in Atlanta is going like crazy, it’s getting stronger and stronger. A lot of finding a job in this industry is word of mouth — if you do your job people will take notice. I was a film student a GSU but a lot of what they teach is just film theory and not hands on but I have been involved in different aspects of film production since the early 90s and that’s how I learned.”

“The sound that I like best in life is when you are at a really high altitude and everything is really quiet and you can concentrate on the subtlety of life by listening.”

(Photo and text by Joeff Davis)

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