Visuals aren’t the only thing to consider when you’re scouting locations. Audio is just as important. Just because a location looks good doesn’t mean it sounds good.
Here’s the scenario: You recently replied to an audio gig posted on craigslist. It’s set to shoot next Tuesday and the producers just hired you. In your email information packet, they list three locations and the addresses. One is indoors, one is an urban downtown setting and the last is on a wooded walking trail just outside of town. A quick look at Google Maps verifies the locations and now you’re wondering what challenges each will bring, and how to deliver the very best quality audio. You need to do a location scout, only this time it’s for audio.Now we've talked about location scouting before, and when you're thinking video, you need to know what to expect. If a subject is going to be on-camera and you have a bad background, you have choices on how to fix it. But if you're gathering audio and the location is riddled with unwanted sound, you're rather stuck, so let's look at what to keep an eye (or rather, ear) out for.