Award winning French sound engineer Frederic de Ravignan has been working on Les Fusillés, a film set for release on France 3 this winter, using wireless systems by Lectrosonics.
Based on a story of heroism and betrayal in the trenches of the First World War, the Tidal Films production, directed by Phillippe Triboit, takes place in Gouzangrez, deep in the Val- d'Oise.
“I have been using Lectrosonics equipment for the last few years on all my film and television projects and for this production it is superb as usual,” commented de Ravignan. He was originally persuaded to use Lectrosonics equipment by French dealer Tapages & Nocturnes, and explained: “The first thing that impressed me about the Lectrosonics gear was the compatibility of the receivers to the 5212 transmitters from Sennheiser. For me the audio quality of the HM was way higher than the Sennheiser SKP3000 so it is the perfect combination.”
Jim Bakker, Lectronics' EMEA sales and tech support commented: “I have known and worked with Tapages & Nocturnes for more than 16 years in France and they are true specialists in location sound.”
Dynamite explosions were part of the filming, the set of which is surrounded by fields of rapeseed, wheat and sugar beet, land decimated during the First World War. Other scenes were shot in and around Meriel and Luzarches, two other towns in the Val d'Oise. “We had to ask permission from the prefecture of Val d'Oise to use the dynamite,” said production designer Christophe Thiollier. “The explosion should throw earth more than 10m in the air.”
During filming, de Ravignan relied on the Octopack Portable Multicoupler and the HM Digital Hybrid transmitters for the boom operator.