Utility Sound Technician Panel Discussion

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Utility Sound Technician Panel Discussion from Chris Howland's LASoundMixers




Learn what it takes to work and thrive as a Utility Sound Technician from some of the most talented and experienced UST’s in our craft. The master class will include hands on training with experienced UST’s.

There are so many details to figure out in this job and these are just some of the topics to be covered…

Lavalier hiding techniques. The bedside manner during the lav process. Dealing with Wardrobe and the glam squad.


How to perform last minute 2nd Boom duties on multicam shots with no rehearsal (The quick checklist on what to look for) Keep the 2nd stick built to match what the Boom Op is currently using.


What does the Transpo Dept cover?

Lift gates: How to properly use a lift gate. Lift gate calls during operation. What to do when something goes wrong. Proper warnings to give people on the truck during operation.

Weekly timecards, Daily Time cards, Weekly Box rental forms and L&D for everyone in the sound department.

Extra Crew Members

Working with Video Assist, Audio and Video Playback. Learning their specific needs and how to anticipate them. Understanding where they fit in the hierarchy and why we want to take care of them.

Organizing Comtek Distribution

Distributing and keeping track of IFB’s for Village. Who else would need a comtek and why? Camera ops to hear dialogue on a long lens, AD’s to monitor dialogue, Director and script supervisor for reference. Producers and production guests as well. Who handles the video village chairs? …Why the PROP DEPARTMENT, of course!

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    Joseph Hartshorn

    I am a film student who will be graduating soon. I took this class on recommendation from one of mentors and it was a very useful course. It teaches you everything that film school and textbooks don’t teach about sound utilities. This course gave me a great general overview of both the job’s duties and a feeling of what it means to be a professional sound utility. I greatly appreciate the time spent to make this learning opportunity available. I strongly recommend it to anyone who is considering perusing this occupation. I know that this class has made me more certain about wanting to become a sound utility.

    February 12, 2023
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    Michael Klein

    A great inside look as to what it’s like working on large productions and set etiquette. Even if you don’t intend to work on movies, much of the info applies to smaller productions as well.

    February 11, 2023
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    Cameron Gibson

    As someone who’s recently made a career move into production sound, I found this class to be such an amazing resource, both for it’s breadth and specificity. I imagine I’ll return to it many times as I gain new experience and insights. Thanks!

    February 10, 2023
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