LOS ANGELES, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Watch Stephen Tibbo discuss ‘Connection Lost’s sound production
Award-winning sitcom “Modern Family” made waves in February with ‘Connection Lost’, presented entirely from the perspective of a laptop screen, and shot using Apple devices. But behind the scenes, the episode’s complex live shoots meant actors needed to hear each other in real-time.
To make this happen, Emmy and C.A.S. award-winning sound engineer Stephen Tibbo turned to Phonak’s invisity, the world’s smallest in-ear RF prompter. Tibbo had previously used invisity on “Jake In Progress”, as well as for musical numbers on “Modern Family”, which is produced by Twentieth Century Fox, and airs on ABC.
He said: “The biggest challenge, at least for sound was, when the producers presented the episode, they said we’re going to try and shoot the whole thing in one day, and we want to do it live. As I read the script I said ok, wow, this will be challenging.
“I don’t think we would have been able to do it without Phonak invisity,” Tibbo added. Otherwise the production would have had to use cumbersome, time-consuming on-set induction loops, or speakers.
“When you watch it, you may not notice it was so technically challenging, but by the way we shot it, it was. The technology worked for us – it was one of those episodes where, if invisity had failed us, we would have been looking pretty bad, or looking for another job. You have to rely on it,” said Tibbo.
Evert Dijkstra, Managing Director of Phonak Communications said: “We’re proud and gratified that invisity helped bring to life one of the most ground-breaking episodes of television to air in recent years. Phonak invisity has been invaluable to countless productions around the world, from comedy, drama, news broadcasts, and even live dance productions. Thanks to its tiny size it offers a comfortable experience for the user while being completely invisible to an audience or camera – and as such, its uses are endless.”
Meet Phonak and find out more about invisity’s role in Modern Family at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, booth C8249, April 13-16, 2015.