Known in the industry for his work on high-profile TV documentaries and wildlife shows, Nicholas Donnelly’s experience as a cinematographer has also afforded him the ability to recognize the best audio products to suit the requirements of his shoots. The DP has long called on Wisycom, designer and builder of the most sophisticated RF solutions, for his ENG and production needs.
Included in Donnelly’s arsenal are the company’s MTP40S Bodypack Transmitters and MCR42S and MPR30-ENG Broadcast and Film Receivers, which he uses both on-location and on-set. “Last year, I had my Wisycom gear with me in five different continents; they were essentially all over the world,” he says. “The projects ranged from wildlife shoots to scripted documentaries to traditional programming and ran the gamut from studio work to extremely remote locations. I have had [the gear] to the North Pole, where it was -40 degrees Farenheit (-40 Celcius), and I have used it in the Sonoran Desert, which occasionally got as hot as 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46 Celcius) during the day, and it worked flawlessly through all of it.”
Donnelly typically works as a single-op in the field and incorporates Wisycom into his run-and-gun rigs in conjunction with the RED 8K HELIUM camera, which he says provides the most simplicity and ease-of-use. “The MPR receiver is light enough that I can use it on my gimbals without it affecting the balance,” he explains. “In the studio, I use the two-channel MCR, slotted directly onto my ARRI ALEXA camera, with just a single wire, which is nice.”