One of the reasons that location sound work appeals to me is that you get to apply theory hands-on in real world situations. It is one of those areas that the combination of knowledge and experience is greater than the sum of the parts, so to speak. Jay Rose’s book, “Producing Great Sound for Film & Video” is a great reference for location sound concepts and methods. This technical reference covers a wide range of topics including those listed below.
Basic theory on the nature of sound and speech
Microphone construction and performance by type
Production recording techniques
Mixing and editing
Post-Production hardware and workflow
Some individuals with a wealth of knowledge and experience have the added talent to share what they know. After trying to send Jay a quick message last year, I learned of his passing in March of 2020. I did not know him personally, but he contributed greatly to the field of cinema audio. He will be missed.
Producing Great Sound for Film & Video by Jay Rose
Jay Rose Memorial – Cinema Audio Society
Before transitioning to sound, I began working in the film industry doing lighting work. This was some time ago now, prior to the appearance of LEDs. The amount of gear a typical gaffer or grip hauled around may have influenced my conversion. That being said, understanding the basic principles of what other crew members do can be very helpful. Another excellent technical reference for anyone on set is Harry C. Box’s book, “Set Lighting Technician’s Handbook.”
Set Lighting Technician’s Handbook by Harry C. Box
Disclaimer: I receive no compensation from the authors for discussing their books. They are purchased at standard retail rates and are considered an integral component of the work I do as a location sound recordist / production sound mixer.