Let’s talk about sound. No, let’s talk about money. I believe RZA and his Wu-Tang Clan said it best in 1994, when they taught us about C.R.E.A.M. Cash rules everything around me- that’s a lesson that applies far beyond the confines of the 36 Chambers of Staten Island. What does this mean here in the world of video production? It means the same thing it does in the music industry, and the same thing as it does in the world of professional sand sculpting. Money moves, and money rules. Nothing is cheap in this world- especially producing beautiful sounding and looking motion pictures. That being said, what’s worse than your expensive video being ruined by unexpected and uncontrollable noise? The answer is having a rabid grizzly bear loose on set- but, after that, it’s the noise.
When you film on the Las Vegas strip, you’re thinking “Oh, gee, this will be so dope! We’re going to have so much fun, and make so many nice pictures, and everything will be perfect, and nothing will distract us!” That’s 99.9% correct- with a large margin of error. While much can be done to control the environment in the local hotel rooms and conference rooms, there are some things that just come with the territory. There is an airport of international proportion nearby- in which, airplanes fly. Airplanes make noise, so- if you are anywhere on the strip, chances are, at some point throughout the day, those metal birds will make their presence known. There are also a lot of folks in loud sports cars and motorcycles cruising up and down L.V. Boulevard- you’ll hear those too. There’s an Air Force base here in town- those brave men and women who defend our liberties practice swooping, rolling, and diving in their jets from time to time… believe, you, me, you’ll hear those too. Let’s say you go and hide down in the very back corner of the back corner of the convention hall… SERVICE HALLWAY!!!! Hahahahaha!
Now, before you give up and call it quits- remember: with a little patience, and a little trust- we can work around those noises, and everything will sound amazing! You may have to wait thirty seconds or so, every hour, on the hour, for some bells, but, then it’s all good. Also, remember the fine folks, the good hearted folks, folks like our good friends at Dog & Pony Show here in Vegas can do miracles in their studio for production and post production. Oh, sound blankets work too… also- silent films.