Production Sound & Video

Fall 2018

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35 From top: Laura Harrier as Patrice and Corey Hawkins as Stokely Carmichael. Jasper Pääkkönen, Director Spike Lee, Ryan Eggold, and Adam Driver on set. Ashlie Atkinson (plays Jasper's wife) and Lee. We first meet Stallworth working in the file room of the police department but he soon receives his first undercover assign- ment to attend a lecture delivered by Black Panther Party philosopher Kwame Ture aka Stokely Carmichael (Corey Hawkins). It's here he meets Patrice (Laura Harrier), a fiery activist Stallworth warms to. Inside the assembly hall, hun- dreds of extras look on, shouting with praised remarks during Ture's moving speech. Sound couldn't place a microphone overhead Ture because of wide camera shots. Instead, the period microphone at the lectern was made live and an additional plant mic was hidden. Another boom captured reactions of the crowd. For that scene in post, Re-recording Mixer Tom Fleischman, a longtime collaborator of Lee's, augmented the speech with a bit a reverb to add to the size of the room and layered dozens of responses from the crowd. "Drew turned in production tracks that were really well recorded. When you have a good track, it makes my job easier," says Fleischman. The challenge of the Ture speech scene in post was making sure the audience callouts felt like there were actually in the room and not ADR. Mixing in 7.1 made it easier for Fleischman, then it became a matter of going through it to make it sound natural.

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