Sabsound LTD recently invested in the new technology from Soundfield using the ST450
surround sound microphone on location in the jungle of Panama. The documentary shot
in 3D for Electric Sky Productions followed the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
and its scientists as they continued their work investigating all aspects of the
rain forest from the ground to the canopy.
The sound track of the documentary is truly epic with the all the amazing sounds
of the jungle with Howler and Spider Monkies, birds, Cicarda's, frogs and
thunderstorms all captured in true surround sound. The documentary is scheduled
for world -wide cinema release in early 2012 with the Smithsonian Institute and
3D and 2D television broadcast with Sky Television and US associates Fox.
Sky have put this program as their flagship show and put it forward for nomination
at the BAFTAs. As the demand for High Definition and 3D explodes onto our screens
it's not only cinemas demanding surround sound but the viewer listening at
home. This shoot required working across multiple platforms on various 3D and 2D
camera rigs. All cameras were locked together using 24Hr Run Time code, utilizing
a Digi slate, Lockit boxes and also wireless program guide tracks for all cameras
that allowed. All the sound was mastered onto the external multi track hard disk
with recorded isolated tracks of all inputs, including constant B-format Surround,
simultaneous M/S stereo and individual radio mics.
From these iso tracks we generated a location stereo mix safe in the knowledge that
post production could remix any scene to create the best 5.1 surround track possible.
The shoot involved operating in extreme 100% humidity with torrential rain and for
prolonged hours in pretty rugged terrain. The shoot presented many challenges while
following the scientists at work often climbing high up in the jungle canopy, which
required us to make use of directional antennas with increased amplification to
cope with the distance involved. By recording constant atmospheres for each scene
post production were able to easily smooth out edits recorded in an often very noisy
environment and enhance the overall sound track by additional recorded Surround
atmospheres and wild tracks.