73 – Making Great Sound for Your Documentary with Jean Umansky

Jean Umansky is one of the most respected sound persons in the field of filmmaking. He is a French sound engineer who has worked on over 50+ narrative and documentary films, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Sound on Amelie.

 

In our conversation with Jean, he guides us through some best practices for not only achieving optimal sound, but also for creating sound in a way that shapes the very story of your documentary film.

 

Topics Discussed

  • how sound can shape the story just as much as the visual
  • learning and using the language of sound with the director
  • importance of mic placement, shock mount, windscreen
  • tips for achieving great sound as a documentary filmmaker

 

5 Tips for Getting Good Sound on Your Doc

And as an opening volley to our episode on sound, I take us through 5 Tips for Getting Good Sound on Your Doc, which are:

  • test your gear
  • bring your headphones
  • think about location
  • clothing rustle
  • consider using a wired lav

 

Related Resources

° Watch the 7 Ways to Hide Lav Video

 

 

° Joris Ivens

 

In the episode, Jean, mentions a documentary filmmaking pioneer by the name of Joris Ivens.  I have since looked this man up.  You won’t believe this guy’s story!  You can read more by checking out his Wiki page.

 

 

° Watch the Nenette Documentary Trailer

 

 

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Host and TDL Founder, Chris G Parkhurst

Chris is a documentary filmmaker and the founder and host of The Documentary Life, a platform which aims to inform and inspire documentary filmmakers from around the globe.

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