Sound Recordist UK
I’m a freelance location sound recordist with twenty years experience working on observational documentaries, current affairs programmes and corporate productions. Recent credits include: 'Rich Kids Go Skint' Kalel Productions for Ch5 STAR, ‘Grand Designs’ Boundless Productions for Channel 4, and ‘Songs of Praise’ Avanti Media for BBC One, amongst many others (which are listed on the Work History page).
I have bases in Wales, West Midlands and London.
I’m particularly interested in working on projects that lean towards any of these end results: educational, ethical, artistic, ‘good-cause’, co-operative, collaborative, meaningful, pro-social. And I’m particularly interested in working with any of these general areas of subject matter: sustainability, environment, society, psychology, philosophy, linguistics, the arts, social history, the natural world, politics.
I’m a full member of IPS (Institute of Professional Sound). I hold an NVQX3 certificate in Health and Safety, I have an enhanced DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service criminal records check) and I have a current public liability insurance policy. I hold a valid passport, a full UK driving license, I have a basic level of conversational Welsh and as any sound recordist should, I have a PMSE license to use radio mic equipment on Ch38 in the UK.
My main kit comprises a Sound Devices 633 six channel mixer/dual-media recorder which enables me to simultaneously supply high quality Bwav files as well as smaller mp3 files for transcription purposes. I carry several different microphones for dialogue recording depending on the environment/circumstances and also two handheld, presenter ‘stick mics’. I have six radio mic kits and Timecode Systems timecode solutions to keep my mixer and multiple cameras in frame-accurate sync all day. I carry a spare mixer in case the unimaginable should happen in the middle of nowhere. Unless otherwise requested, I back up all my recordings, as a matter of course.
This calendar is always up-to-date.
Key: Busy = Booked. HP = Heavy pencil. LP = Light pencil.
You can email me using the form below. My mobile number is in the header at the top of the page. I also use Whatsapp. Download my V-card
“NextShoot has worked with Richard on a number of projects for key clients. Richard is always our first choice for sound as he embodies professionalism. He brings to each job a thoughtfulness in the preparation stage: how the sound will be covered for each specific set-up and the equipment required. He has very good kit of his own, and on complex set-ups has gone the extra mile to help us source any equipment we have needed to hire in. On set he is very comfortable and professional with talent and other crew members, he is quick to find solutions under pressure and, crucially, captures excellent quality sound. He is also extremely good company. We can't recommend Richard highly enough. 5 stars.”
Dominic Sutherland - Director - NextShoot
"I work as a media producer (often on challenging academic research projects), and bring Richard Gott in as the first-choice sound recordist every time. Using a professional sound recordist means that more ambitious and dynamic filming can be accomplished, and the quality of Richard's sound is always top-notch. Of equal importance to me, Richard is deeply respectful of contributors, and able to interact effortlessly with people from all walks of life. He has the perfect intuition for when to be sociable, to put people at ease, but also for when to step back and have minimal presence. Our collaborative projects have taken place in testing environments, and I always have total faith in Richard's professionalism and ability to overcome new technical or practical challenges as they arise. Moreover, he is good company, and a pleasure to spend time with, and (even better) never condescending towards women!"
Sara Penrhyn Jones - Filmmaker
My standard PSC kit package includes:
Sound Devices 633 six channel mixer/recorder
Boom pole with a selection of mics and wind protection
2 x radio mic kits
Battery power for all devices
Radio mic accessories and consumables
Additional kit available:
Another four radio mic kits (a total of six in all)
Timecode hub. Production timecode can then be read from most tablets and phones (using a free app)
Timecode devices for sync with up to four cameras
3 x IEM (in-ear monitors, for production/client monitoring of audio)
Production cart, dual video monitors.
All my kit is kept in good order and serviced regularly. I carry spares of most things, in case the unimaginable should happen in the field. Additional kit not listed here, can be hired in.