Silence is in a hotel wardrobe
You’d think that recording voiceovers in a hotel is one of the more practical places to do such a thing. Not so. When you need your surroundings to be completely silent, you’d be surprised by the amount of noisy intrusions there are, even in the privacy of a plush hotel room.
As part of a video shoot we produced for Dove, there were some voiceover sections, meaning that after we filmed each of our Dove woman, we had to interview and record them separately – in the same hotel. Finding a silent place to do this was near impossible.
We were repeatedly interrupted by several unwanted cacophonies: housekeepers blasting hoovers, low-flying planes, binmen collecting rubbish outside, endless footsteps up and down every corridor, persistent alarms, even fridges with lives of their own.
To escape everything and achieve ultimate silence, we found the biggest empty room in the hotel – the honeymoon suite – and put our interviewee inside the wardrobe. With the sound boom slot in-between the almost-shut door, our Dove women were each interviewed from inside the wardrobe. For an hour. Silence may be golden, but in this case it was anything but comfortable.