OB - recording outside the studio

 'OB' means 'outside broadcast' - technical term in the SCRIPT. (Old-fashioned BBC term, originally.)
 Gives more freedom and space of movement.

 Opens out the sound picture.

You do APPROACHES - a character makes an approach from POSITION 5 'MOVES OFF' to POSITION 3 (for example)
 More characters in a scene? - there's more space for positioning ('blocking')

 

Best ACOUSTIC in the open air or other complex locations. You will never match the liveliness of OB if you work in a traditional Studio. See Atmos bed (underneath the scene dialogue) - establishes scene location or scenery

 

Best ACOUSTIC for small, boxy locations. Record in the bathroom, kitchen, corridor, cupboard.

 

Beware of traffic noise. Beware of overhead aircraft.(Indoors) Beware of nearby computers - background hum.

 Do a sound test of a possible location first, before arranging OB PRODUCTION recording.

CLEARING PERMISSION FOR LOCATION RECORDING - some locations need permission. Checking needed. You do not want to be stopped in the middle of PRODUCTION.

Some public spaces are regulated. Cemeteries and churches also. London Underground is strict about permissions. As are all transport authorities.

 POSITION 1 - closest to the microphone (as close as possible - beware of blasting and popping)
 POSITION 2 - intimate conversation (a step away from position no 1)
 POSITION 3 - conversation (stand far away enough from the microphone so that your outstretched fist is level with it) - MOST RADIO DRAMA DIALOGUE HAPPENS IN POSITION THREE
 POSITION 4 - across the 'room' (to 10 feet away)
 POSITION 5 - 'moves off' (farthest off in the studio, behind curtains, behind screen)
Microphone positions - five in total - from closest to 'moves off' (furthest)

Close-up - making some dialogue section more intimate

 EXAMPLE: 'THE CANTERBURY VAMPIRES' 11.1 - EXTERIOR. THE DARK ENTRY BY CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL - rehearsing a play with a group of actors
  EXAMPLE: 'THE CANTERBURY VAMPIRES' 11.2 - EXTERIOR: CANTERBURY - BY CHRISTCHURCH GATE (ENTRANCE TO CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL - BUTTERMARKET)
 

 

 

 

 

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