All Stu Bruce's Showreels
Bespoke Solutions - Technical & Fully Managed Crew Solution
"Race Across the World" Series 1, 2 & 3
Studio Lambert / BBC2 - BAFTA Winner
My responsibility as part of the team facilitated by Sabsound, was to design a system that would enable a Self-shooting Producer/Director & Researcher to go anywhere across the globe, recording high quality audio that enabled integration with multiple formats of cameras and crews in use, that was small & discrete, had secondary record security and considered the entire workflow to post production in sync across all cameras with Timecode which was controlled by 2 Apps on their phone. Our role was to design & supply the technical solution for the production and co-ordinate with our Sound Supervisor Chris Box supporting the multiple self-shooting teams in the race across the world.
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Bespoke Solution - Remote Podcast Recording
"Life this Week" - Echo Velvet
Objective: I was tasked to design, build and supply multiple remote podcast recording kits that could be deployed across the country that allowed a remote producer to communicate with contributors and produce broadcast quality recordings used by non technical contributors to be used to create the first non scripted animation in the world. We supplied the full technical solution, Producer support and post production workflow for editing on Protools for the fast turn around weekly Podcast. We also delivered the final post production mix for release across the Acast Podcast distribution streaming platforms.
Large Scale Radio Mic Hire & Management
"The Dog House"
Five Mile Films / CH4
Sabsound is contracted as RF suppliers by Mini Cams TV and guaranteeing the wireless radio mics for the Fixed Rig show shot at The Animal Charity, Wood Green where the staff are committed to matching their homeless dogs with hopeful dog owners. A large-scale site with several filming locations which required RF coverage throughout as well as integrated portable Radio mic receivers operating on the same frequency plan as the main Gallery for the self-shooting producers operating on Sony FS7’s. We also installed the ability for the producers in the gallery to talk to several presenters individually utilising the Phonak Roger miniature in Ear talkback system. I was responsible for signing over the filming site to Nick and his sound team having planed, managed, and licenced all the required frequencies with Ofcom for the duration of the production.
Adventure Entertainment - Sound Supervisor
"Unchartered" - Gordon Ramsay
Nat Geo / CH4 - Studio Ramsay
The co-production with National Geographic USA had Gordon Ramsay travelling the world seeking adventure and culinary inspiration from the rooftop of Peru, free diving beneath the Oceans of Hawaii, descending waterfalls of the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, King Salmon Fishing amongst the glaciers of Alaska and navigating the Rapids of Laos. Many challenges were faced to capture & record this television series with multiple DOP’s, Camera operators wielding a range of camera formats and Drones to record sync sound for a vast range of activities and camera setups. The Show Runners, Directors & Producer Teams all needed to be able to hear and produce the flagship new series with many of the events being a one take activity making the monitoring vital and often complex part of delivering the sound requirements enabling the show to be produced.
Bespoke Projects - Record & Monitor Boxes
"Eight Go Rallying"
BBC / Optomen Television
The technical challenge was to create a very simple system that allowed any “Monitor Car” to listen to any “Talent Rally Car” at the push of a button while recording all the conversations that were happening within the 4 Talent Cars. We designed and built the circuits and wrote the code to make use of the serial protocol for the Wisycom MCR42 RX and created the very simplest solution for the Producers Monitor Box. With one press of a red button any of the 4 Monitor Cars could listen to any of the 4 Talent Rally Cars up to 1Km away driving at speeds up to 100 km/h.
This was a world’s first solution which also incorporated a bespoke made Rally record box which recorded all the conversations in the car with spot mics, and duplicate radio receivers, Wireless Time-Code and could be operated outside of the Rally car using Bluetooth to put them into record and check recording levels. A key part of the solution had to take Health & Safety into consideration which proved to be priceless when the system was put to the ultimate test when the Rally Car driven by Martin Kemp & his wife Shirlie rolled during a challenging stage of the route. All the equipment stayed in place in what proved to be a very scary incident for all involved. The System proved itself on all levels and the production company Optomen were very pleased with the results in the edit.