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Sixth Sense, The - An Ominous Boom!
At the end of this almost perfect film, my wife and I were shocked during the (surprise) ending to see the boom-mike hovering over Willis' head as he talks to his wife...then the camera changes angles. "Did we just see that?"... Back to Willis -
"AIIIIEEEE!!! There it is again!!!"
Boom shots are not uncommon in films... but surprising in one so well constructed and critically acclaimed as this one!
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Rated 6.2/10 (117 ratings) Your opinion?
Special Requirements: probably won't be on video - seen in theatre...
Contributed By: PhilmPhreak'72 on 10-09-1999 and Reviewed By: Webmaster
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awv writes:
As a former teenage geek (now just a regular geek) I worked in movies as a projectionist for over four years, and the only control a projectionist would have is in framing the film, essentially moving the frame being projected up and down. The editing department should have resized the shot in order to eliminate the mike. The projectionist has only what he is given to work with.
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~*Angela*~ writes:
Actually, this "slip-up" was only seen in the theater movie of The Sixth Sense...If you rent the movie now, it is never seen.
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Sammo writes:
The projectionists have little control of the picture itself. Why would they be given the option to change the horizontal or verticle settings? Would this not cut out pieces of picture the director of the film may have really wanted to be in? The boom problem can be easily narrowed down to two people. The cameraman and the boom operator. The cameraman should be constantly watching for the boom as the boom operator needs to keep the microphone as close to the source of the voice as possible to eliminate bass proximity effect (for information on what bass proximity efect is, e-mail me).
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Ron Spiegelhalter writes:
a) Yes, most theater projectionists are undertrained teenagers. Whether they are freaks or not is open to debate. b) Most projectors these days allow the projectionist not only to adjust the frame placement, but also to affect the aspect ratio. This could lead to more of the top and bottom of the frame being displayed than was intended. It's not very likely though, since the screen would have to be tall enough to accommodate the extra image. It would more likely need to be a combination of the wrong aspect ratio and misframing; hardly beyond belief given the people they put in the booths these days.
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GFK writes:
Many times projectionists (because they are often untrained teenage freaks) screw up the horizontal position of the film, causing the boom mike to be seen. The actual film is a lot bigger than what is cropped and shown through the projector, and if the projectionist isn't paying attention, the films position may be a bit off center.
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