Profession boom operator

Boom operators set up and operate the boom microphone, either by hand, on an arm or on a moving platform. They make sure that every microphone is correctly stationed on set and in the best position to capture the dialogues. Boom operators are also responsible for the microphones on the actors clothing.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Investigative
  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Artistic

Knowledge

  • Acoustics

    The study of sound, its reflection, amplification and absorption in a space.

  • Audiovisual equipment

    The characteristics and usage of different tools that stimulate the sight and audio senses.

Skills

  • Work ergonomically

    Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.

  • Perform soundchecks

    Test the sound equipment of a venue to ensure smooth operation during the performance. Cooperate with performers to make sure the venue equipment is adjusted for the requirements of the performance.

  • Follow work schedule

    Manage the sequence of activities in order to deliver completed work on agreed deadlines by following a work schedule.

  • Use audio reproduction software

    Operate software and equipment that transform and reproduce digital, analogue sounds and sound waves into the desired perceivable audio to be streamed.

  • Use technical documentation

    Understand and use technical documentation in the overall technical process.

  • Manage sound quality

    Perform sound checks. Set up audio equipment for optimal sound output before as well as during performance. Regulate the volume during broadcasts by controlling the audio equipment 

  • Perform technical sound check

    Prepare and run a technical sound check before rehearsals or live shows. Check instrument setup and ensure correct functioning of the audio equipment. Anticipate possible technical problems during a live show.

  • Consult with sound editor

    Consult on the sounds required with the sound editor.

  • Analyse a script

    Break down a script by analysing the dramaturgy, form, themes and structure of a script. Conduct relevant research if necessary.

  • Program sound cues

    Program sound cues and rehearse sound states before or during rehearsals.

  • Set up sound equipment

    Set up equipment to record sound. Test acoustics and make adjustments.

  • Adapt to type of media

    Adapt to different types of media such as television, movies, commercials, and others. Adapt work to type of media, scale of production, budget, genres within type of media, and others.

  • Study media sources

    Study various media sources such as broadcasts, print media, and online media in order to gather inspiration for the development of creative concepts.

  • Follow directions of the artistic director

    Follow the instructions of the director while understanding his creative vision.

Optional knowledge and skills

assess power needs maintain sound equipment adapt artistic plan to location tune up wireless audio systems apply health and safety standards supervise sound production health and safety regulations assess sound quality electricity operate an audio mixing console edit recorded sound technically design a sound system