• Owen Spencer

Clanker Man

Updated: May 9, 2018

Having worked with Fume Films producer / director duo Dan Dixon and Ben Steiner on their previous short "The Stomach", I got the call to record location sound for their latest film "Clanker Man".

Filmed documentary style in a single day the film follows the work of Terry, a "Clanker Man" who is tasked with the job of keeping up the random sights and sounds of a city - "reality doesn't happen by itself" - but with department cutbacks the cracks are beginning the form.

Technically, the majority of the location sound is from a single Cos11 D lav on "Terry". I remember at first hiding the lav in the tie but while listening to the first rehearsal it was a bit scratchy due to the fabric and actor movement so I decided to change the position to between the shirt and jumper (which gave additional wind protection) and this worked flawlessly throughout the day.

Other kit on set was a Sennheiser MKH8060 boom mic in Rycote windjammer for atmos, Lectrosonics wireless - SMDB for talent transmitter, SRB receivers - and Sound Devices 633 on recording duty.

I'm very happy with the recorded sound for this film. The lav sounds natural and clear without clothes rustle or wind noise and the Lectrosonics limiters coped easily with the end screams without distorting. On the day I was getting decent range on the wireless considering the city environment - some good examples are the wide shot when the member of public confronts Terry and the final shot in the park.

A host of screenings, awards and critical praise have followed for Clanker Man and goes to show what can be achieved with a small mobile crew, tight script, top talent and a clanking paddle.