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The dinner scene starts out as as a multi camera "Master", using two or three cameras. Sound is always covered by one, sometimes two booms, hand held by boom operators. There are no "plant mics" The whole scene is played beginning to end in each take. After determining they have good coverage in the "Master" they shoot two sometimes three roving cameras as the actors play the scene, again, beginning to end. This is usually covered in "Medium Close Ups" and "Close Ups". After they determine they have good coverage, they shoot key sections only .... they are referred to as ""pickups" The dinner scene requires an average of five hours to shoot.
The Picture Editors go to work piecing the raw footage together and they somehow manage to create the rhythm and flow you so admire. After picture editorial is completed the "Locked Episode" goes to the sound editors. They prepare the rough audio tracks the Picture Editors used. They re-edit and smooth the dialog, add background sound effects, add foley for dish and silverware movement, chair creaks, etc. Let's not forget the composer writing the score and the musicians playing the music.
The primary concern for the dinner scene is pristine dialog and to find audio takes that match the "overall tonality" of the dinner scene location. There is little to no looping required due to the many, many takes that were recorded. Almost all flubs and technical audio issues can be replaced using alternate takes .... edited to match the original take. The Dialog Department and the Foley Department are key here, as there is very little Sound Effects needed for the dinner scene.
After the Sound Department's edit is completed, the entire episode is delivered to the re-recording mixers. The two mixers (Dialog and Music, Sound Effects and Foley) work with all the edited tracks from the Dialog Dept, Foley Dept, Sound Effects Department, and Music Department. The mixers adjust volume level, apply equalization, create the 5.1 sound stage and when completed, they present the episode to the Producers for final approval.
Teamwork from beginning to end is the keyword.
I am glad you noticed and enjoy the work of the actors and crew.
Please try to watch Blue Bloods and all your favorite shows "On Demand" and not "Live" or recorded (DVR) "Live". "On Demand" allows you to hear the mix as intended without the severe audio compression that is applied to the "Live Broadcast". This applies to all shows .... you will enjoy the content all the more if you watch "On Demand". Compare the two and be prepared to be shocked.
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