I have to estimate that 80


I have to estimate that 80 percent or better of the documentary and/or interview productions I’ve seen do not worry about “hiding” the mic. Clean dressed mic such as what Don notes usually is accepted.

Personally, I don’t think the added time in post work, rotoscoping out mic and wire assemblies, is being very efficient or productive and certainly will, all else considered time-wise, probably take ANY documentary project over budget.

Until I acquired a white lavaliere mic system (primarily for use with brides and those white dresses) I actually used Liquid Paper to put a temporary white coating on my black ones. As Don notes, I’ve often used flesh-colored bandage strips and various colors of gaffers tape to attach. I’ve also often dangled mic systems just out of frame for overheads, etc.

However, again, I simply do not think that the vast majority of documentary projects necessitates eliminating the visual presence of mic systems, so long as dangling wires, or messy dressing is avoided in the setup.

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