ESTABLISH OUTSIDE SCENE
WorkingOB (outside the studio): You need to work effectively to establish that this is an outside scene. Otherwise you run the danger that the scene sounds like a studio-bound scene and not in outside location. The production and post-production work has to be done here to establish the sound picture outside. There also have to be key elements in the script - especially description and signposting.
ESTABLISH SCENE AT TOP - CHARACTER IN POSITION THREE
RULE: FOR A CHARACTER SPEAKING AT THE BEGINNING OF A SCENE, WE NEED POSITION THREE (usually) - THE EQUIVALENT OF A FILM MEDIUM SHOT (head to knees). We need to 'see' that character in (film term) MS - In mid-shot, the frame cuts across the subject at the knees. Medium long shot is a tight full-length figure. (MS = medium shot, MLS = medium long shot) It is more difficult for the listeners to hear a new character at the top of the scene, if that person is in POSITION FOUR, further away from the microphone. A word or two shouted is fine. And then an approach to the microphone into POSITION THREE.
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