I remember being back at a sound recording workshop run by the very knowledgeable and passionate Stephan Schutze. While we were there he discussed his tools for getting great location recordings.
Chief amongst which was a bit unexpected. A fluoro-yellow high-vis vest, with the words "SOUND RECORDING" written in black bold type on the back.
Running completely counter to my own self-conscious "fade into the background" tendencies when recording sound effects on location, his logic was simple, and startlingly sound.
"It makes you look official," he says, "and it stops people coming up to you and asking what you're doing."
The impact that good communication can have on your recording experience is vastly underrated. Whether it's a nosy passerby or an inconsiderate housemate, setting some expectations about your need for a modicum of quiet when you're recording can really help your workflow.
To that end, check out this door hanger I've put together. Not only will it inform visitors when the mics are open and you're laying down some creative gold, it also instructs people to bring you beverages and/or snacks when you're elbow deep in another pre-production meeting.
Want one of your own? Check the free print-at-home PDF download below!
Chris Plumridge is a freelance audio producer, voiceover artist and writer from Leongatha in South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia.