There have been so many highlights. I really love working on movies like Misbehaviour and The Duke that contain historically accurate situations. I enjoy watching the archive footage and matching and sourcing any practical microphones and cables used.
Some other highlights would be:
- Working on British comedy movies with directors like Richard Ayoade, Stephen Merchant and Armando Iannucci.
- Watching the sun rise after a night shoot in Cuba.
- Working with different nationalities and adapting to their techniques.
- Shooting at Pinewood ‘Dominican Republic’ with local crew and Americans.
- Shooting all across Europe although shooting abroad can be very challenging.
The biggest technical challenges were on Richard Ayoade’s The Double, where Jessie Eisenberg played the two main characters. We shot with a motion control camera and playback through ear pieces. Another challenge is that Armando Iannucci likes all his actors to be radio miked. On The Death of Stalin we had up to 14 radio mics and on Avenue 5 we got up to 16 – and usually with no rehearsal! The scenes with the four children in the sailing boat on Swallows and Amazons were also difficult. Recording dialogue in the middle of a lake and not picking up the sound of the camera, sound and safety boat engines was tricky.