Zacuto USA

December 08, 2011 17:10 ET

Zacuto Educates Audiences on Audio With New 'Sound Series' Articles

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Dec 8, 2011) - When making a film, novice filmmakers often overlook the importance of audio. In an effort to educate and inform filmmakers of how to capture excellent audio, Zacuto has begun releasing a series of sound related articles by professional recording engineer, Clinton Harn.

"Clinton Harn's audio guide is excellent," says Senior Videography Coordinator at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Aaron Van Domelen. "It's been hard finding great resources that actually go into the details of polar patterns and real life. Plus, it gives you excellent tools to teach other operators and clients in vocabulary they will understand. I love it!"

Any experienced director or producer will tell you that a film is nothing without good audio. Unfortunately, few people actually know how to capture good audio.

"People will tolerate a bad picture but they will not tolerate bad sound," says Zacuto Producer/Director, Steve Weiss.

Whether you are looking to record audio for your very first film or are a seasoned sound engineer, Harn's articles are filled with useful tips for people of all skill levels. Harn also describes the different types and brands of popular microphones on the market in great detail.

"The intention with these articles is to broaden the knowledge base for independent film-makers who want to 'do it themselves' and expand on their fundamental knowledge on basic sound for film rather than rely on a sound recordist or mixers to do the work for them," says Harn. "My aim is to educate anyone with a yearning to learn and transform themselves into consummate filmmakers, not just camera operators. Information is knowledge, knowledge is power and power leads to endless possibilities in creativity. As an old Latin proverb states, if the wind will not serve, take to the oars."

To view the first three installments of Clinton Harn's Sound Series, Tools of the Trade, click here.

Zacuto, located in Chicago, Illinois, is known for their "Made in the USA" brand of high quality, originally designed camera accessories. Their camera rental house division builds custom camera packages and delivers nationwide. Zacuto Films produces original programming and recently won a 2011 Emmy Award (Regional Chapter) for their webisodic program, FilmFellas and a 2010 Emmy Award (Regional Chapter) for The Great Camera Shootout 2010. For more information, visit or follow @Zacuto on Twitter.