This just came to me; is there a specific reason why so many documentarians reject the idea of having their interview audio mic in the shot?
Whether it be a concealed lav (which I find somewhat muddy sounding) or an overhead boom (too wet in certain rooms), the majority of documentaries seem so afraid of admitting the microphone isn't on the camera.
It's just lacking in a little something when compared to a high end stage mic.
The two reasons I could see someone not wanting the mic in their shot could be
1. Covers the face
2. Looks ugly/out of place
My retort to those would be: find a mic placement that works for your blocking, and some mics out there look very aesthetically pleasing. The various colorways of the Telefunken M80 are very nice.
A wood grain M80 placed properly wouldn't be too harmful to the shot at all, and would sound much better IMO.
Let me know if I'm getting way too avant-garde.
Edited by Macks Fiiod, 07 May 2017 - 11:09 AM.