me and the dudes

11 08 2012

Its not very often I get the chance to pair up with a fellow soundie, but over the past few months I’ve been bumping into some cool dudes.

Here’s Brooks Lester and myself working on a sizzle for a UK show. And we both have Nomads!

Christopher Brown and myself running in to each other while working for different clients at Charlotte Speedway.

Myself and Charlie Macarone out of NJ working on Baggage Battles for Travel Channel


 Dan Brooks and myself working on WE tv’s Mary Mary in Charlotte





Making the news!

8 08 2012

Once again I’ve somehow managed to get my bearded mug onto local teevee. Last time it was with the ESPN crew while shooting ESPNu’s roadtrip in Blacksburg, VA. This time while shooting the travel channel show Food Paradise, good friend and awesome DP Jason Dowdle of Blue Sky films and myself were captured while we did our thing down in Greenville, SC.





Promo items arriving this week!

11 04 2012

Fresh threads and sticky stickers will be arriving at Mangler Mixer world headquarters this week. If you’re at NAB next week in Vegas hit me up. I’ll have a small number of shirts and large bounty of stickers for the hand outs. I’ll get a paypal button setup shortly for shirts. I can only afford to give away a certain number as I’ve went baller status and had them printed on American Apparel tri-blend shirts in athletic grey. Shout out to my homies over at Mindsetgear for their screen printing skills and Contagious Graphics for their awesome sticker printing.





Easy on the earhole

9 04 2012

A lot of the work I do with big crews usually involves some sort of communication device, a walkie talkie if you will. And obviously you can’t have a PA coming through an open walkie saying, “I can’t find the c-47’s!” on an open set. So what is usually employed with a walkie system is a surveillance mic/ear piece. Observe in the image below:

So what you see there is a microphone with a push button activation and an in ear piece that clips on your shirt collar and wraps around the back of your ear and then sticks in your ear hole. Now for any extended use of said in ear listener, its going to start getting irritating. And to add to that, if you’re wearing headphones, such as I do all day long, they are going to press on that in ear piece even more, making it more irritating. So what I’ve done is THIS:

I cut off that blasted in ear listener and soldered up an 1/8″ male connector that I run into my Nomad. I route it so that it doesn’t go to camera or get recorded. And that annoying in ear piece? well its stashed back in a box in my kit not making me cringe in pain. I plan to eventually solder on a female 1/8″ so that I can connect them back in case I ever need to use it sans sound kit. So now after long days I no longer have that constant inner ear pain combined with producer/crew ramblings/dirty jokes, just the latter coming through my headphones and a feelin good ear hole.

 





chillaxin in a kayak

2 12 2011

Back in the summer I ventured out the coast of North Carolina to work on a series of travel videos for Visitnc.com with fellow buddy/DP Brett Mullen. It was a busy/fun/tiring/adventurous gig covering 3 topics of popular things of that area. 1 of the 3 topics were kayak tours. We ventured to two locations, a salt marsh off of Oak Island and then a black water creek a bit more inland. We had a tour guide for each location and various tourists taggin along. The agency over the project had 2 of their people in tow as well, lucky for me, they have awesome rowing skillz as Brett and I had jobs to do, we had no business rowing a freaking boat! The following video is the result of those hard days of work..

and now Brett and I want to buy kayaks…

Check out the other 2 videos after the jump

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New light weight run n gun kit

21 11 2011

So I built up a sweet little run and gun kit for those long days with boom and a couple of wireless.

So I’ve got a Sound Devices 302 mixer to two wireless transmitters for camera hop, also running to a tascam dr40 recorder for backup(or simple dslr gigs). For my wireless its a Lectrosonics SRa dual channel receiver with SMV transmitters coupled with a selection of Sanken, Countyman or Tram lavaliere mics. And of course my Sennheiser mkh60 shotgun with a K-tek 152cc 12′ boom pole. All powered by one NP-1 style battery, which on the 12 hour day I worked on Saturday for the Golf Channel, only used 25% of the battery. My next upgrade will be adding one of Cable Techniques emergency Rx devices to add a 4th channel into the 302. Oh yeah, and its super light! My shoulders felt nothing at the end of the day, can’t say the same for my feet tho..





ESPNU’s Road Trip

4 10 2011

Look Ma! I’m on the teevee!

Had the pleasure to work with Beaudry Film works this past weekend on their show Road Trip for ESPNU. The Show will be airing this Wednesday at 6:30pm eastern time on ESPNU(its usually at 7:30 but this week there is a schedule change).

Here’s the camera man, Robb Shaw and myself after getting rained on in 40 degree temps, aka not so fun. But other than that, an awesome crew and a good time hanging around Blacksburg and VA Tech!

 

 

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