Under the Skin was adapted from Michel Faber’s 2000 novel of the same name, about an alien sent by an intergalactic corporation to prey on unwary hitchhikers in Scotland. The film was well received at the Toronto and Venice film festivals in 2013 and is set for release in the UK on 14 March 2014.
Location sound expert Nigel Albermaniche, who has over 50 feature film credits to his name, acted as the film’s production sound mixer. Albermaniche utilised Digital Hybrid Wireless equipment made by Lectrosonics to capture much of the sound for the film.
The equipment that was used includes two Octopack portable multicouplers outfitted with SRb dual channel slot mount ENG receivers, multiple SMQV and UM400a transmitters, UCR411a receivers, two T4 IFB transmitters, and twenty-two R1a IFB receivers – all of which was augmented by the use of four ALP500 log periodic dipole array antennas.
Albermaniche explains: “The quality of audio of this equipment is phenomenal and, no matter how difficult the circumstances were, everything worked without a hitch. In one case, Jonathan [Glazer] was in a building close to the street where we were shooting and I was at the traffic light – the midpoint between the director and the action – while Scarlett was another building away getting ready to come ’round a corner. Using the IFBs, he managed to communicate to her without any dropouts. All the while, I was in the middle getting perfect range on her SMQV.”
“The ALP500s where squashed in a sports bag and yet, they performed just as they should. The audio quality, range… everything, it all worked beautifully. Simply sensational! I’ve never been happier! I have the utmost trust in this equipment,” maintains Albermaniche.