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According to this patent application by Oscar winning microphone specialist Les Drever (whose award was for "technical achievement in the field of microphone windscreen and isolation mount design"), the thinking behind the hand-held boom (AKA 'the fishpole') is largely one of convenience and cost... A hand-held or fishpole boom is physically held and ...


OK, I'm going to posit this as an answer… though there is some cynicism… When filming, picture is everything, sound is the 'red-haired step-child' [poor PC-awareness aside] The Director and DOP [Director of Photography] will spend as much time as time/budget allows getting the shot right, as regards lighting, angle, lens… heck even getting the actors to ...

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