I recently flew out to LA for a shoot and I've been getting better at travelling with gear. This time, instead of paying an extra fee to check an over sized Pelican case on the plane, I minimized the equipment I was bringing and carried on my suitcase and my sound bag as my allowed "one personal item". My boom pole actually collapsed JUST short enough to fit inside the suitcase diagonally. My Orca OR40 audio bag fit nicely under the seat in front of me. I brought a regular shoulder strap for carrying it around the airport since I thought it would be less cumbersome and draw less attention than my body harness. (Still packed the harness in the suitcase.) As expected, the TSA checked my bags out thoroughly both ways, but at least this time everything was checked right there in front of me where they could ask me questions if they needed to and I was able to repack everything myself.
Got to work on this fun project for Lay's with Red Productions. The sound came out great! There's this one moment though at 0:35 where she puts the bag up to her face while she's speaking that causes her mic to sound different. I can't decide if it's distracting or if it does a good job of catching the ear when she's giving the viewer an instruction. Either way, I think I'll try to record wild lines on set (if there's time) for moments like these so the editor has options in the future.
Dave Burt is a career audio engineer and is currently working as a freelance Production Sound Mixer.