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Lectrosonics handles location wireless for ‘Marley & Me’
As owner of Southeast Audio Services, specializing in production, location sound and ADR sound services, Emmy-winning sound mixer Joe Foglia has handled audio capture for series such as “Miami Vice” and “Scrubs.”
Most recently, Foglia handled location sound for the upcoming film “Marley & Me,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. The comedy, based on a memoir by John Grogan, was shot on location in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale, FL, as well as Philadelphia. It is scheduled for release during the upcoming holiday season.
For the film, Foglia used an assortment of Lectrosonics products, including his Venue Field receiver system, fully stocked with VRT receiver modules, and his similarly flexible Venue rack-mount receiver system. Foglia’s arsenal of transmitters included an assortment of Lectrosonics UM450 miniature beltpacks, SMa Super Miniature belt packs and MM400C watertight miniature beltpacks. Each incorporates Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless technology, which encodes 24-bit digital audio information with no compression into an analog format that can be transmitted over an analog FM wireless link.
“While I was usually running two to three channels at any given time during this shoot” Foglia said, “I was prepared for anything upwards of 12 channels. Owen Wilson wore a UM450 almost exclusively throughout this project. The transmitter was strapped to his ankle, with the microphone wire running down his leg on the inside of his trousers.”
Jennifer Anniston preferred the SMa Super Miniature transmitter for its smaller size, which she had used on a previous project. “We ended up attaching the transmitter to the back of her bra,” Foglia said. “I also used the Lectrosonics RM remote, as she was very concerned about maintaining her privacy. I could easily silence her mic every time she finished on the set, so nobody would be able to pick up her conversations with a scanner.”
For more information, visit www.southeastaudio.com and www.lectrosonics.com.