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Sound Devices Captures the Action (and Audio) for ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’

For his work on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, sound mixer Danny Michael was tasked with capturing all of the film’s audio, including dialogue, effects and ambience. While the majority of the movie is set in New York, the production team spent five weeks shooting in Iceland. Michael relied on Sound Devices’ 788T-SSD digital recorder for his audio production needs. Michael used two rigs, one portable and one cart-based, each outfitted with the 788T-SSD digital recorder and Sound Devices CL-WiFi interface.

Sound Devices 788T

“I redesigned my cart so it could be a little more flexible, portable and useable for the remote situations we were going to be presented with,” Michael explains. “While I had the capability of using the 788T-SSD over my shoulder for the more challenging situations of working atop glaciers, there were times where I knew we would have more complicated work and I wanted to have my cart. It wouldn’t have been possible to make it as small and durable as it was if it weren’t for the 788T.”

Along with the Sound Devices 788T-SSD and CL-WiFi interface, Michael’s cart included the Lectrosonics VRT-Venue Series, Lectrosonics radio mics, Schoeps CMC-6U and CMIT-5U microphones, a Cooper Sound 208 mixer, Blackmagic dual 8” monitors and a Denecke Dcode GR-1 as the main time clock.

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