Kylemorgan88 wrote in post #14953923
Do you ever get resistance from the bride when requesting/asking her to wear a mic?
Also, we are micing the groom during pictures/pre-ceremony. Does anybody have good tips for hiding a lapel mic under the tie? I saw a stillmotion video where they taped a small lapel mic without a clip under the tie, but am not sure what specific details I should watch out for when doing this (clothing rubbing/muffled audio/tape coming loose).
A ton of questions I know, but bare with me. I am just an eager noob, especially when it comes to audio.
Well I've spent years learning how to effectively place a hidden Mic. Kind of one of my specialties now. I have had to do it on so many reality shows over the years that I've gotten pretty good at it. The trick is actually exposing the Mic head just enough, but only so most people or camera ops couldn't tell you where it is on a person.
It all starts with what type of Mic you have to work with. They are not all the same. My Mic of choose is the Sanken COS-11D. A very stout and hardy Mic, but not too big either. On men wearing a suit jacket and tie, having it pop out the front and top of the tie knot with a small piece of medical tape (the 3M stuff sticks to everything real well) to hold it in place. But do it early and test it out, have him walk around, fold his arms move his upper body because all those things can cause clothes noise rustle. And that will ruin you sound recordings just as bad as anything else. Practicing your technique with your mics is really they best thing you can do.
Also try popping the Mic head out of a button hole and shifting it in front of the button to help hide it in the clothes. Again, a small bit of med tape to hold it in place. Black mics on black buttons get lost in the scene real quick like. I've done that move so many times I can usually nail it the very first time and not have to mess with it until its time to take it off.
For women, well I like to use what mother nature blessed them with. Some might say I'm a boon man, OK, I'll agree with that, but the bigger, the better I say! Now we are talking sound here of course, right? Good! Use their cleavage to your advantage. Simply tape the Mic to the back side of the dress material just under the top edge of the dress. Again, wash your hands first! Use a good strip of med tape to hold it down. But here is where you really need to be careful. Don't take this as an opportunity to have a peak down her dress and ogle at her rack. Not cool at all and you'll probably get your ass kicked by the groom. You just have to know how and where you're going to do it without looking too much. This is not a peep show. But once you have the Mic placed there, your going to get great sound. Her breast and the tight fitting dress create an area where her skin and close don't touch and won't rub. Well that is as long as she doesn't hug the crap out of someone. Oh yeah, its a wedding. That's going to happen, you just have to live with that kind of stuff. Hugs are great to capture, but tough on audio.
Hopefully that helps some. I've been thinking about making a video about how to properly place a Mic for all sorts of different situations.