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Plane by Mitch Arend

I missed honouring Green Lantern’s release last week due to the anniversary of my birth. While the film was disappointing I still want to give a little tip of the hat due to my residency in geekdom. If Green Lantern has space and aliens abound in it why choose the sound of a plane? Two reasons – GL is a test pilot and it gives me an opportunity to talk about one of the banes of on set recording.

Yes, planes are big in movies. They are instruments of destruction in action films but have a romanticism that lets them fit right in with the weepies (drama, chick flick etc.). You can find them in a lot of movies. What I want to talk about is how they can end up in so much on set sound. If you can imagine: You’re filming in a fairly secluded area and managed to avoid traffic noise, you’re not by any train tracks and the sound quality you’re getting is fantastic. The all of a sudden in the distance is a low rumble, you hope it wont get louder but it does and soon its starts effecting the actor’s dialogue and everyone begins looking around at one another, specifically at you. You silently shake you’re head and mouth “plane”. Then you’ll have a taste at how frustraiting these things can be when filming. You can’t ask them to stop flying for a few minutes, or buy a permit to keep them out of your air space you just have to stop and restart the scene or be prepared to A(utomatic) D(ialouge) R(eplacement) that whole portion – and that can be worse.

But don’t get me wrong, however, I like planes in literally every other way. Yes, possibly even whatever way you’re thinking now.

Gotta fly, more to come next week.

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