All Memories Great and Small – Part 9, Alex Christison

Alex Christison recording film sound on the Asian show: New Life. Copyright resides with the original holder, no reproduction without permission.





















This is the final excerpt from “All Memories Great & Small” – by Oliver Crocker

This time it is memories from Alex Christison (Film Sound):

‘The main problem on All Creatures was that we are talking about the days before multi-mic radio microphones were available – so you couldn’t just scatter personal mics around each actor and mix accordingly. We were also recording in mono audio, so I didn’t even have another track to play with like the dramas do these days with split track. Basically, I relied on my boom swinger to get my sound. We’d done away with the old sync lead by then, thank God, which meant I wasn’t joined up to the camera – the boom mic would be connected to my Nagra mixer and would be recorded separately to picture. The clapperboard really did concentrate the minds in those days because it was quite a costly process if you got it wrong.’

60 cast and crew have shared their memories for this new book, which is available to preorder now from Miwk –

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