Here's the setup:
- Outdoors in the desert at night (assume wind).
- A six foot square dinner table, undercloth to help cut down noise of glasses, plates etc. and tablecloth.
- Six people, 2 each on 3 sides seated at the table forming a "U". Some of the talent will occasionally come and go from the table.
- The piece consists of a dinner conversation between the six "diners".
- Three cameras: a master shot from the empty side of the table and 2 others moving around the periphery.
For several reasons I can't use booms. Someone better versed than myself (I'm an audio novice) suggested I steer clear of boundary mics as they'd pick up too much ambient sound, clinking of glasses etc. They suggested I wire each person at the table with their own individual lav/wireless mics.
Not only is this is an expensive proposition for a personal project (about $1k for rentals), but there are many restrictions associated with using lavs too (clothing material, placement etc).
After perusing the web a little on the subject, I'm not totally convinced that two or three well placed boundary mics might not be the way to go.
- Am I barking up the wrong tree wanting to use boundary's?
- If not, should I use 2 or 3? (I assume cardioid pattern)
- What would be a safe distance to keep the camera operators away from the table so that their footsteps etc won't be picked up?
Any advice is greatly appreciated.