About: Denver, Colorado, national & global experience

Production History in Video, Film & Television

From Nick Teti; I started out in ENG, video, broadcast television, and studio sound mixing and recording at Denver 8 Television covering this Denver metro area local, as well shooting in other Colorado areas. I then moved onto Comcast, then ABC News, and Tribune, before branching out to freelance. I have covered other local areas in CO, as well, national television networks, before becoming a freelance production professional & sound man. I am also an accomplished cameraman, operator along with other skills I leaned in College, internships, at employers and as a freelancer. AND, if you need help with camera assistance, lighting or other tasks aside from location sound like data, or rigging or other help, I’m there. I also picked up a lot of sound mixing & recording at Comcast Studios, (Then TCI), as well on production trucks for ENG, Sports trucks among other satellite trucks while I was a full time employee, as well, I still use this skill for many news crews, as well sports crews, aside from my ENG, EFP, film & video location sound services. My film production started in College with my degree Major in video/television and film production (technical media & photography), as well, applied arts. I also had several internships becoming a location sound professional in both video, television and all types of film production. In 1996 I became a freelancer and also a freelance employee for several national networks, including ABC, CBS, NBC, and a freelance contractor for networks all over the globe. I have additional experience as an editor, and can also assist with DIT/data wrangling, audio for post or video editing, as well as, lighting. Nonetheless, my location sound experience spans networks across the globe, for production companies, crews, camera people and business across the globe as well, including most of Colorado.

A few Production Samples, Playlist with Categories

Production Samples with Voice Over,
Dialogue, and Foley / Sound Effects Recording

In these shoots I provided location sound recordist & mixer services to the program “The Racing Line” where I was hired to mix on-camera action, to camera action, as well, voice over and foley / sound effects recording. The demanding challenges of the show was preventing the audio from over-modulation, peaking & distortion, as well as preventing high winds from distorting the clarity of the desired audio; a challenge for any sound guy, but experience and the right gear pays off. As a veteran dependable sound man, I provided several techniques that were also used to keep Randy’s racing suit from distorting the audio, with a hidden lavaliere used on one of the channels recording. Multiple track recording was used for the sound effects recording, as well for mixing & recording sound in all the takes. There are also microphone placement techniques & recording tricks I used to keep the racing sounds and cars recorded audio from interfering with understanding the voice & dialogue that were recorded together in the same time on numerous instances.

Trailer for a Netflix Documentary Film, Destination Team USA

This is not the entire film, as you need to watch this on Netflix to watch the entire film about Olympic Hopefulls who do and don’t make Team USA for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in which I provided sound man services. I provided location sound recordist services in Colorado including interviews, B Roll, narration among other related sound mixing & recording. The camera used was an Arri Amira for this feature.

5K location sound services to RED Epic Dragons cameras documentary

This documentary series was filmed with RED Epic Dragon cameras where I provided sound guy services across the Boulder Colorado areas including Boulder, Louisville, Longmont & Lafeyette with gear. I m highly familiar with RED camera sync as well mixing & recording audio techniques. In addition, I am also expert with several other cameras reference levels, as well setup including Arri/Arriflex, Sony, Canon, Panasonic, Canon, Thomson/Grass Valley, Ikegami, among others.

Review more of my work at this page link

A BIG fish in the Production Pond, Starting back in 1990

Although I’m local and based in the Denver CO area among I provide local service to other Colorado areas, having been relied on by several top level film production companies across the globe including Lucas Films, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Miramax Films, and Walt Disney. I additional chops include being a sound man hired by top 500 advertising agencies, several production companies, several USA networks, several foreign television networks among others whom need a sound person that can provide the best possible sound mixing and recording to a specific video camera, for 35mm sync, DSLR, to a live broadcast/uplink, synced 35mm files or other delivery. I have also traveled across many continents as a sound man and have the pleasure of assisting a diverse group of clients. My numerous repeat clients whom rely on me as their first call, or to refer someone of equal experience when I am not available as well. I can also refer other sound people in Colorado for audio tech assignments of varied production types in film, television, satellite uplink or other specialty; these include for feature films, complex interviews, a particular television program, documentaries, sports broadcast or a profile or story, for corporate video production, television commercials, infomercials, ENG/news among many other capabilities. My additional expertise and resources, as well, referral to other production people or resources in Colorado, among some other national as well, global resources can be a valuable aid to your production.

My production experience started in 1990 professionally in local, Colorado & national television in Colorado area news, and quickly expanded to other experience in my employment history.  My experience gathered a BIG jump to more diversity as a sound man when I became a freelance production professional enabling me more experience as freelance sound mixer / recordist. My additional skills can also assist any camera person or crew on production allowing a shorter day with the extra set of hands that are well qualified to assist in several areas as well. Additionally I have additional lighting, grip, and camera support equipment that I can provide for crews or camera people traveling into Colorado needing to cut hassles of airline travel, extra cases or luggage being transported, as well, the other burdens of transport nationally or from anther country.

Location production samples in Colorado including ENG, television production and TV commercial advertising in various locations by Nick of Mister Photon Media
Location production sound images in Colorado including ENG, television production and TV commercial advertising in various locations by Nick of Mister Photon Media

A Troubleshooter, Planner and Sound Poet

My experience as a sound/audio engineer spans all types of locations, for films, in studio operations, for production trucks and engineering for large national broadcasts as well; enabling me the self reliance that produces quality mixed audio recordings on any shoot to any client. This expertise not only complements my location sound for corporate video, EFP, ENG, film or television crews or for other types of crews, enabling me to troubleshoot production challenges quickly, or have none on the first place. Our advantage working together is a planned production when you call me for your soundy/ie/ee prior to your shoot. Tell me the who, what, when, where, why, how, because and who for. On game day, (your shoot), I’m all yours with undivided attention, and concern to the clearest, brightest sound recording free from distraction, to the format or recording device or specific media you need.

Here are planning questions a sound man or woman, engineer,
or tech should ask in advance

  • Where is the shoot? When? How early should I be there? How many locations are there and what is being recorded at each one?
  • How many channels do you need separated or how many people mixed to an assigned channel per camera channel?
  • Or is ISO track recording preferred or simply a stereo recording better? or what combination is preferred?
  • Is separate recording needed apart from camera recording or is it in place of a camera recording?
  • Do you need a transcription recorded separately with time code? in mp3 or BWAV?
  • What camera are you using or how many? With audio directly to how many?
  • What is the subject(s) of the shoot? Story, plot, goal, audience, message, theme etc?
  • Are you shooting video or to film & what camera?
  • Can I see previous examples of this production or can I talk to your DP, DOP, camera person?
  • What equipment do you need in lavalieres, mixers, ? How many channels for a mixer recorder? Or what other specific audio equipment do you need?
  • For transcription files or media: broadcast WAV with embedded time code? or a WAV or MP3 with separate audio and time code?
  • If DSLR or any other camera what type of time code connectors does your camera have? BNC? LEMO?
  • Do you need a time code sync, or a clap sync, or time code synced to cameras or other sources like a recording?
  • Is your camera department bringing audio connectors or time code connectors ? I can as well. (I have them as well).
  • What is the schedule, do you have locations planned out for equipment considerations?

These are a few questions & answers with information to converse about to avoid unwanted surprises or problems.

Why Hire a Local Denver Production Sound Mixer?

Hiring a Denver native like myself, with more than adequate insurance coverage, (not that you’ll need it), exceptional work experience dating professionally to 1990, and a deep inventory of location sound mixing & recording equipment with give you the best audio possible when you travel into Colorado. You will not lose expenses on travel time, air fair, baggage or cargo fees, or your reputation with your clients when you hire a highly seasoned professional like myself for your production. When spending the time, and expense you can rely hiring me will not result in additional time or budget on your production. If there is unusual or distraction on location I will do the right thing as your sound guy to alert you, so solutions in location can be immediately solved, so you do not have any problems later in your edit. I understand that the best sound mixed and recorded is always my motto, and I will not put your shoot and budget, and time in jeopardy by recording shabby audio. SOUND IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT TO PICTURE. Please remember this when I quote my day rate based on the gear needs and schedule. Hire someone like me who has been at this professionally since 1990. Just remember hiring the best sound guy whom takes their job to do the best is well worth the money.

Nick Teti, Mister Photon media documentary production and post production samples.
Nick Teti, Mister Photon media documentary production and post production samples.

Common Problems that can be solved in location sound mixing / recording

Line Buzz, no audio, levels are to high, certain levels of air conditioning, planes or helicopters, conversation in other rooms, under or over modulation, RF Hits / radio hits or loss of range, among other common perils on location I have conquered on a common basis. Sometimes it’s most commonly an overlooked switch, menu setting, incorrect power supply, or other minor pest or situation easily squashed.  I tackle them all and with my experience &  they are not a problem in the first place. Over the years I’ve adapted and managed several problems of all types, and have the professionalism to ease rough waters as well. Taking a sound recordist’s suggestions are a good idea as well to capture the best sound on your production.

Production Experience Summary & Short Client List

  • Colorado Companies, with links to their website for your reference are listed below
  1. Bond Video Arts – various corporate video productions.
  2. Citizen Pictures – television commercials, corporate video productions
  3. High Noon Entertainment – several programs, & shows, Cool Tools, Deconstruction, Food Network Challenge, Last Cake Standing, My First Sale, My First Place, Fixer + Upper, among others.
  4. Saturn of Fort Collins & GMC ON Star – television commercial campaign & a  corporate video production
  5. Target Optical; local & national corporate video productions, sales, training & employee videos, television commercials
  6. Wal Mart; local & national television commercials, several corporate videos for all
  7. Target –  local & national corporate video productions & television commercials
  8. O’Reily Auto Parts – many local & national corporate video campaigns & television commercials
  9.  Sprint; local & national corporate video productions for several productions
  10. VISA; local & national corporate video productions for several messages, 5 television commercials to date & one conference
  11. Mike Shaw Auto
  12. Oracle; local & national
  13. Microsoft; local & national
  14. Qwest / Century Link
  15. RED ROBIN; local & national
  16. Motorola; local & national
  17. Schwaub; national & local experience
  18. Boulder Wealth Management
  19. Key Bank
  20. Tucanos; local & national
  21. Pizza Hut
  22. Altitude Sports & Entertainment
  23. Four Seasons Resorts, Vail, Denver
  24. NREL
  25. NCAR
  26. University of Colorado
  27. AMC Theatres
  28. Macaroni Grill
  29. T mobile – various
  30. + among several other clients in Colorado

ENG, Networks & Television Production Experience

  1. ABC News, ABC Various
  2. NBC News, MSNBC & NBC Various
  3. CBS News. CBS Various
  4. CNN, CNN Espanol, Lou Dobbs, AC360, Larry King Live, Situation Room, CNN Headline News, CNN International, others
  5. BBC UK & America
  6. TV Asahi Japan, USA
  7. Mount Fuji, Fuji TV Japan & USA
  8. Nippon TV Japan
  9. NHK Japan
  10. ZVEZDA Russia
  11. NOS EUROVISE
  12. ARD WRD German Television
  13. FOX News
  14. FOX Sports, FOX Sports 1, FSN West, LA
  15. FOX: reality shows, syndicated shows
  16. Univision, America & South America
  17. NBC Sports
  18. NFL Films. NFL Network
  19. NBA/NBA TV
  20. CBS Sports
  21. Golf Channel
  22. ESPN, including ESPN 2, ESPN Hollywood, ESPN International, ESPN Deportes
  23. PBS, FRONTLINE, The News Hour
  24. History Channel
  25. Discovery Channel & Velocity
  26. Smithsonian
  27. National Geographic various
  28. ScyFy/ SciFi
  29. BIO
  30. Travel Channel
  31. Military Channel
  32. SPEED
  33. Velocity
  34. E!
  35. Entertainment Tonight
  36. Inside Edition
  37. A Current Affair
  38. NASA Television
  39. NINE
  40. CBC Canada
  41. Animal Planet
  42. Court TV – now Tru TV
  43. Turner Sports
  44. Sunbelt Sports
  45. Mountain West Sports Conference
  46. TBS
  47. Altitude Sports & Entertainment
  48. BET
  49. BRAVO
  50. CMT
  51. Comedy Central
  52. Comcast Sports Net
  53. Comcast
  54. Nickelodeon
  55. MTV
  56. Reelz
  57. Spike
  58. Telemundo
  59. VH1
  60. DIY
  61. FOOD Network
  62. TLC
  63. STARZ / Encore
  64. HDNET
  65. The Weather Channel
  66. Cannes
  67. Canal
  68. WB/Warner Brothers
  69. Telepictures
  70. + Many, many others

Experience for Film Producers, Films, DP’s, Agencies

  1. Destination Team USA, Netflix/Tribecca
  2. Sony Pictures, Catch & Release
  3. Paramount Entertainment – MI II, MI III DVD features
  4. Starz various
  5. Miramax – The Merchant of Venice, and several others
  6. Lucas Films – The RED BARON
  7. Tight Films – Americas Marines, for JWT Atlanta, among other commericals
  8. JWT various including NY, Atlanta, Denver
  9. NFL Films – several games covered, player profiles, interviews & other field assignments
  10. Inspire Me, a full length documentary winning an Accolade
  11. The Gold Nugget, short
  12. Josh Izenberg, Me Simple documentary series
  13. Ken Snipes, ASC.
  14. Duane Empey ASC. SOC
  15. National Geographic
  16. Many, many others filming in 35mm film, as well super 35 sensors

Tips for Sound People

* Reference: I will refer to a microphone or Mic or mic, as a head or diaphragm in these articles below in the instances referring to the lavaliere microphone cable.

Hiding lavaliere heads – hiding the mic/microphone or head or diaphragm

Below are just a few suggestions, and anyone is also available to submit a relevant comment or link to this website to assist production people in tips for capturing the best location sound possible. Please also consider using http://www.google.com – as a great way to search for solutions or ideas to production challenges. Often referred as well by googleing, googling or google search etc,.

Protecting the head or diaphragm from rubbing against clothing or other items like jewelry or objects is the key to silent rustle-free sound where the lavaliere is not visible to the camera. Sometimes Moleskin can be used in small amounts in-between tape and skin around the head/condensor of the lavaliere microphone, (the end or the microphone), to tape it to their person or the inside the outermost layer of clothing below their mouth. Also keeping the mic cable from moving around by securing it to the person or their clothing as well will keep the microphone in place, as well reduce clothing noise. Using gaffers tape to create a rolled up sticky piece to attach the mic head to will do this typically while covering the entire roll and microphone head attaching it to either clothing or skin, with another piece of tape over the both elements will keep the mic head from moving around and making noise most of the time. Stronger sticking and more flexible tape is generally preferred to to secure the mic head and many sound people use other mic clips like vampire clips or other specialized clips or mic head securing devices that were designed for microphone heads of various makers per the specific manufacturer. Also taping the microphone cable in a lower position with a couple loops will help the microphone head from being moved loose along with a taped loop for strain relief. Countryman and Sanken heads can also be taped to underside of garments with B6 heads being one of the best, if not the best. The reason why microphone heads are hidden are to add reality to a feature film, documentary, television program, factual entertainment piece, current affairs report or other production where a microphone in the shot detracts from the impact or would discredit the entire production or mood.

Clips for mic heads

By using a vampire clip in a clothing space that does not rub against the surface of the mic head can be a success as well, and if need be, placing a looped tape barrier to the head in-between the clothing surface will work as well or taping over the entire microphone head as well the clip. There are other clips that can be used to conceal a microphone in certain situations that can be used to minimize clothing rustle as well. Hush Lavs, Moleskin bandage patches, Rycote stickies among other tricks can be used to secure a microphone head to skin or clothing as well aside from a mic clip.

Golf Channel Shoot in Colorado Springs on the left, and a music video production on the right in Denver Colorado.
Golf Channel Shoot in Colorado Springs on the left, and a music video production on the right in Denver Colorado.

Body Taping mic heads

Taping the mic head to skin (especially in features or documentaries, reality TV or other productions where lavaliere heads in the shot are a specific no-no), with surgical tape or Transpore brand tape with the head not entirely covered can be a great way to hide the mic as long as clothing contact is controlled by the tape inhibiting contact. Just placing the head a bit lower in this tape can make sure less or no clothing rubs against the microphone head. The valley (a woman’s bosom where a mic head can rest avoiding contact with the clothing), is a common place in feature film production, or on a man’s chest with surgical tape are common techniques. For corporate environments having a female place or tape the microphone for you on a female if your a sound man can alleviate the awkward moment. If you’re a sound recordist/mixer having some apprehension, explain to the producer or camera person this, as well to discuss the procedures with the person on camera or talent, as to why it is needed or not to hide the microphone on the lavaliere.

Mic head concealment in the wardrobe

A skilled costume designer can create a costume or modify one to place a lavaliere head to a position where the wardrobe will not interfere with the sound. Common places can be under shirt collars, in the tie loop, inside shirt collars, just slightly out of suit pockets, inside suit openings, inside shirt button holes, in decorative portions just out of sight are common places to camouflage microphones.  If you are shooting an interview with a tighter frame, placing the microphone out of the shot, below the frame can be a good place to keep the clothes from rustling the microphone head/diaphragm; with the head placed outside of the clothing that best mounted to a clip if the ambient sounds of the room are not too loud. I have several other techniques for hiding microphones and reducing clothing noise that is called, as well, I also use countryman, among other smaller sized profile microphones that are less prone to clothing noise.

Hair or other body places for hiding a microphone

Placing the head in the hair will often work with the microphone cable concealed in the hair as well. Taping the head to the skin on the neck if it is not interfered with by clothing, but concealed by clothing is another trick.

Use of Color

Many lavaliere heads/mics have choices in color, in particular Countryman mic heads, enabling a better concealment in varied color garments. Countryman heads and their cables can be ordered in specific colors as well, including colors that match skin tones from white to African American skin or darker colors.

“The Rig” or the Dangle

In corporate environments where people are not comfortable on camera, let along the thought of a sound recordist interacting with their wardrobe attaching the lavaliere mic head to the shotgun microphone can be a hassle free. You can also use c-stands to rig a pole over the talent enabling you to clamp with mayfers, hooks or other rigs with lavaliere heads or shotgun microphones. Tape and rubber bands can also enable microphone heads to many surfaces or objects. You can also fix the lavaliere outside of the garment placed hidden in the hair, underneath the camera frame or another location that is not buried under the talents clothing, such as dangling over the head but near the subjects face in front. This can also be practical for back to back interviews or using another shotgun mic as a backup can also be a solution. Lavalieres have an advantage often of being closer to the talent, or on the talent, as their design, and often do not pick up unwanted noise as easily as a shotgun mic can.

But Remember, Microphone Placement

A microphone is better closer to pick up on the voices or intended sounds. A microphone out of the shot but closer to an offensive source of ambient noise is useless. The closer the diaphragm is to the audio sources the less you will hear other ambient sounds that detract from the quality of your sound recording. This is critical in noisy environments and in all situations.

Better microphone heads on lavalieres that are preferred among sound recordists to hide

Countryman B3 or B6 models are preferred, also Sanken or any other microphone head that reproduces accurate sound, that is not easily seen with a small surface or diameter. This enables the microphone head to be hidden more easily, enabling less contact with the mic head, lessening the effects of clothing or other rubbing noises. I will not comment on this page as to what heads are less than ideal, however evaluate the key factors of accurate sound reproduction, reduced head size to your personal preferences.

Production sample by Nick of Mister Photon Media, showing a hero shot of Caroline Zhang, Olympic Figure Skater in Fort Collins CO for a television commercial.
Production sample by Nick of Mister Photon Media, showing a hero shot of Caroline Zhang, Olympic Figure Skater in Fort Collins CO for a television commercial for AT&T.

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