Supplies to get to hide lav mics

This week, I want to talk all about how to hide lav mics. Now, if you watched my location audio course, I already gave you two of the most common techniques using moleskin directly on the skin as well as using gaffer’s tape. And one of those techniques is particularly good for wind noise, so definitely check that out. But this week, I want to teach you a whole bunch of other techniques. It’s always good to have more than one trick up your sleeve, especially when it comes to audio. So every technique isn’t going to work out for every blocking situation or every costume, and speaking of costume, that is the main concern that we have any time we’re hiding lav mics, is what type of material your actors or actresses are wearing.

The thing that we want to avoid is anything like this. So any shiny, satiny silky, synthetic material isn’t going to be good for hiding lav mics simply because you get too much clothing noise and that is a main enemy of this technique. It’s very easy to hide the microphone, but to hide the microphone and make it still sound good when your actors are moving around – that takes a little more finesse and skill. So hopefully, you’ll pick up some of those skills today. So, the main thing that we need is moleskin. So specifically, we want Super Moleskin Plus.

Now, moleskin can be found in the pharmacy foot care section. So next to the Dr. Scholl’s foot pads you’re going to find some Super Moleskin Plus. Go ahead and pick some of that up. If you are planning on using this technique a lot and you need to get a lot of moleskin, you might find a little more cost effective to go to a film supply site. Like www.filmtools.com, where you can get a very large sheet of our moleskin. It’s a little more cost effective. So it comes in black and flesh colored, I recommend you get the flesh colored for most of them. Now why are we using the moleskin? We’re using the moleskin because it’s very soft.

So that clothing noise I talked about before, this is going to minimize that. So if this does happen to rub against the clothing, it tends to be much quieter then other things. If we had to, in a pinch, just like I should you in location audio, we could certainly used gaff tape. But it’s not going to be as quiet, so you do run a greater risk of having noise. But I’ve done it plenty of times. My students have certainly done it plenty of times, but not the preferred method. So, we’re going to go ahead and jump into the techniques right now. And I’m going to go show you how to hide a lav mic in a bunch of different places you never knew you could get them.

Reference:

Artis, Anthony Q. (2014) Supplies to get to hide lav mics. Retrieved from https://www.lynda.com/Shooting-Video-tutorials/Supplies-get-hide-lav-mics/129017/170735-4.html?autoplay=true