Having previously used a 4017 shotgun mic on a documentary production, Danish film location recorder Allan Holmberg has been employing the DPA product again for work on Susanne Bier’s new film, The Revenge (Haevnen).
“The clarity and natural sound of the 4017 was a huge success on the documentary, so I decided to try the mic on this feature film,” said Holmberg. “My only concern was that the mic pattern may be too wide, resulting in extra background noise and ambience, but after a short talk with Eddie Møller, the film’s supervising sound designer, we both agreed to give it a try. The film contains some improvisation, and we wanted to avoid dubbing as much as was possible, so that was another good reason for using a wider mic.”
The DPA mic has certainly satisfied Holmberg’s expectations. “The 4017 performed excellently, and the ‘extra ambience’ I’d been concerned about wasn’t a problem at all,” he said. “In the film’s more silent scenes, with sensitive dialogue, it was a thrill to hear how lifelike and crisply the mic performed. Every breath and change in the voice was recorded, and has made it into the film, making the dialogue and overall feel of the film a nice experience.”