location sound bible
The Location Sound Bible is a complete guide to recording dialog on location. Topics include audio basics, microphone selection, wireless systems, recording and mixing techniques and the Ten Location Sound Commandments, but it’s more than just cables and connectors. Written by Ric Viers, author of The Sound Effects Bible, this book takes you behind the scenes of Viers’ work on feature films, television shows, broadcast news, courtroom dramas, music videos and more.
Here's what the pros have to say about the book:
“Ric has found a nice balance between the technical academic stuff and how it applies in the context of the real world, while occasionally regaling us with funny stories on how this knowledge (or lack there of) effected him while on jobs. Aspiring production sound folks should find this book both informative and entertaining.”
Jamie Scarpuzza C.A.S.
“Ric Viers is Master of the Universe for location sound, offering engaging wisdom stories based on decades of experience in the trenches. An accessible encyclopedia of gear essentials and recording techniques, his book is the perfect Bible for developing a successful career in location recording.”
David Sonnenschein, Author of "Sound Design"
“Ric Viers has done it again. He has assembled an excellent guide for recording location sound for film and television. Anyone from film student to working professional will benefit from his expertise and advice. The chapter exercises are wonderful and can be used in the classroom as well as for individual practice. Viers really knows how to make the process uncomplicated and logical.”
Vanessa Ament-Gjenvick, Author of "The Foley Grail"
“Ric's Book is a detailed and informative wealth of information. Well written and supported by images, it is a winner for novice and veteran production personnel.”
Mark Adler, Author "Production Algebra"
“Have a question about production sound? This book is packed with everything you need to know. I wish there was a book like this when I was getting started.”
Scott Clements, CAS
“Production sound is the cornerstone of the audio soundtrack for films. The quality of what is captured on the set will determine everything else that will be put around it. Up until now, we've haven't had a go to resource that could serve as a jumping off point in achieving the goal of getting the best sound possible on location, regardless of time or budget. Ric Viers has changed that. This book not only provides a wealth of knowledge about the equipment and resources needed to do the job properly, but teaches the fundamental techniques required to capture great tracks from day one. Finally, a go to guide that will raise the quality of anyone's film, independent or big budget. On top of all that, it's easy, and fun, to read, and should be required reading not only for location sound crews, but directors, cinematographers, producers and anyone else interested in elevating their art."
Marc Fishman, Re-Recroding Mixer "Crash", "Baby Mama", "Get Him To The Greek"
“The Location Sound Bible is the first truly comprehensive guide to the acquisition of on-set production sound. I will recommend it to all of my students.”
Peter Damski CAS, Production Sound Mixer "Mad About You", "Will&Grace", "Hannah Montana"
"Ric Viers takes an in-depth look into the world of location recording. A must read for those wanting to learn about dialogue & fx recording or recording in general. He covers the theory, the techniques & the technology. Once you finish this book you'll start listening to the world around you, a whole lot differently"
Scott Martin Gershin, Sound Designer / Sound Supervisor / Mixer "Braveheart", "Gladiator", "Star Trek"
“Ric Viers unveils the mysteries of location recording for film and Electronic News Gathering, using technical detail seasoned with humor. As a post-production professional and dialogue editor, I know how critical it is to get beautiful sound when the camera rolls. Students and indy filmmakers should be agnostic about the myth of "Fixing It In Post," and now Viers' professional-level guidance should fill in the knowledge gap for sound made far from Hollywood. He even spells out the importance of a very simple production tool that is sadly lacking in too many independent productions: Sound Reports.”
David Stone, IATSE, Supervising Sound Editor, Academy Award recipient for "Bram Stoker's Dracula"
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