if you look at that "early cinema sound thread" here...you'll see the 10 minute short called "The Soundman".
My dad had a print of it when I was 9 years old....it captured my imagination....So I collected film.....started running projectors in Theaters after high school with
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 1969 and ran theaters for 45 years.
But I wanted to shoot film.....but here in the sticks (Akron, Ohio) there was nothing.....so it was buy books and buy equipment.
My brother was a ham radio guy...so I got into electronics too.
I actually talked my mom into taking me to Detroit for a FCC Test. I was 13.
The 5 guys there at the FCC couldn't find a regulation that said I couldn't take the test...so I did and passed.
I got a license to run transmitters at commercial radio stations up 20KW in power (non-directional).
So I couldn't drive a car or hold a job until I was 16...but I got the FCC Ticket.
Equipment .....Arri 16BL, Arri 352c, mitchell35GC....NagraIV....about a dozen mics....16mm 8 plate editor, sync blocks and splicers from 16mm to 70mm.
Norolco (Kinoton) projectors...3 FP-20's ...4 DP-75's (35mm and 35/70mm combination)....a couple of 16mm projectors.
Sound dubbers....Magnatech.....2 systems....one for 16mm single track...and the second system from LucasFilm....it's 6 track 35mm SR 48 tracks of playback.
Resolvers , compressors, limiters, EQ's, etc.
one of the FP-20's and also a B&H JAN 16mm act as the master drive for the Magnatech's.
All of the film I've mixed were for short films on 16mm....which were all mono tracks.
mono great for learning...because everything has to be heard......go back....do a song....with a bunch of instruments and a bunch of vocals including background singers...
pack them all in a mono track.....so you can hear everyone.
Did lots of sound transfers from 1/4" to Mag film for a lot of guys making short films when the University's had actual film production courses too.
Now I'm 64 and all the theaters went digital....so I retired.
I'm now starting to play with the recording system and the screening room.
don't compress your mix at all.....other than the dialog......balance the elements in the mix.
if you want e-mail me direct....
"A movie studio is the best toy a boy ever had....." Orson Wells
Edited by Richard Perrine, 25 January 2015 - 10:24 PM.