They call me the drifter

27 10 2012

“Hey Michael, you available for a shoot next week? We’ll have 2 guys in a car so it might be going out of range for your wireless at camera, can you handle something like this? There will be a GoPro camera in the car as well.” Thats the email I get. My job is all about problem solving and as I’m reading the email ideas are already flowing. My solution flows like a river in a quick reply all, signed, “lets rock and roll!”. And rock and roll we did!

check out some BTS pics after the jump

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Interesting week of characters

16 08 2012

This past week was full of interesting characters to put microphones on.

First up: Vice President Joe Biden
A stop in NC on his political campaign got him mic’d up with one of my zaxcom transmitters.

Next up: Dan Ariely

The job was a corporate video, I don’t remember the exact details but I can tell you that this dude is cool. Very interesting cat. He’s a professor at Duke University covering psychology and behavioral economics. Basically he studies lying and cheating and why we do it. All kinds of cool experiments. He’s done some TED talks that have had a looooot of views. By far the most interesting dude to get mic’d up this week. Check him out.

And finally, we have: Billy Burke
Billy is mostly well known for his role in the teeny vampire heart throb Twilight Saga. But he’s now starring in the new NBC show REVOLUTION. The job was an EPK(electronic press kit, or promo video if you will) for NBC on the set of the show, which is shooting in the Wilmington, NC area. Check out the extended web trailer for the show, looks to be interesting!





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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