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Sound assistant as boom operator

 Sound assistant or the second soundman works as boom operator.
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Sound assistant

Second soundman, boom operator.

The boom operator is the sound designer's (soundman's) assistant who directs the microphone, which is attached to the end of a boom so that the actor's speech and the sounds coming from his or her breathing and clothes can be recorded during the shooting.

The boom operator assists the sound designer (soundman) making sure the microphone picks the sound in the film (or video). The job requires precision, since the microphone is directed with the boom to the very limit of framing in order to get the sound as well as possible.

The boom operator also takes care of the sound recording systems, microphones and tapes together with the soundman.


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