Connecting Creativity in NYU Tisch’s Advanced TV Pilot Workshop with Hollyland Solidcom C1 Pro

By Hollyland | June 14, 2024

The Advanced TV Pilot Workshop is the biggest production created by students at NYU Tisch, bringing together aspiring students to collaborate on diverse and ambiguous projects. Among these talented individuals is Ari Isenberg, a senior DP in the Film/TV program at NYU Tisch, who was preparing for graduation in May and took on the challenge of shooting a half-hour TV pilot Dearborn in nine intensive days. By building an accurate representation of Arab culture on screen, Dearborn aims to shine a light on an Arab community in Michigan and highlights the humanity in each character.

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Budget constraints in the first place precluded him from the use of effective communication systems, such as wireless headset solutions. Consequently, critical information had to be shouted across distances, leading to delays and miscommunication that hindered the shooting. Knowing this challenge, Hollyland stepped in and provided Solidcom C1 Pro headsets, which proved to be the perfect solution.

To bring Dearborn to life, a crew of over 20 members devoted great efforts, including the DP, 1st AC, 2nd AC, gaffer, key grip, best boy grip, best boy electric, and swing. The Solidcom C1 Pro headsets facilitated smooth communication and coordination among the team, ensuring the shoot proceeded without a hitch.

Talking about the integration of the Hollyland Solidcom C1 Pro into the production, DP Ari Isenberg emphasized its pivotal role in enhancing the team’s efficiency and productivity.

Full-Duplex Communication

“The headsets were essential for me as the DP to clearly and quickly communicate with my team in order to accomplish our ambitious shot list.”

The full-duplex communication feature of the Solidcom C1 Pro allows team members to converse in real time, eliminating the delays and inefficiencies caused by cumbersome text messages, phone calls, or half-duplex walkie-talkie conversations. This ensures that directions are given and received without delay, keeping everyone on the same page, even during the most hectic production days. The full-duplex feature is especially critical for DPs, who often need to give precise directions to make sure the shooting goes ahead as planned.

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Long Range Transmission

“One of our locations was a house where we shot on multiple floors. We had lights shooting through a skylight on top of the house, camera equipment was stored on a different floor, and we shot on multiple floors. The headsets allowed each team member to communicate quickly and effectively with each other.”

The Solidcom C1 Pro boasts an impressive transmission range of up to 1,100 feet, ensuring reliable wireless communication in a variety of settings. Whether navigating through concrete walls, expansive venues, or outdoor spaces, its robust wireless connection ensures uninterrupted communication. This capability is especially crucial in dynamic production environments, where team members must move freely across large areas. With Solidcom C1 Pro, you can rest assured knowing that the connection is always stable no matter where you are.

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Clear Audio and Great Comfort

“While walkies always seem to be the standard on some sets, they are uncomfortable and have poor sound quality. These headsets allow for clear and quick communication and they are comfortable to wear. They level up the professionalism of any set and its crew and are a must-have for all filmmakers.”

Empowered by the state-of-the-art Environmental Noise Cancellation (ENC) technology, the Solidcom C1 Pro headsets can analyze and distinguish ambient noise in real time to filter out unwanted background noise, ensuring your voice comes through loud and clear even in noisy environments. Whether you find yourself amidst the dynamic beats of a music festival where audiences sing along, or in a heated meeting where discussion never seems to end, ENC provides you with an oasis of tranquility.

Made from PC-ABS materials, the Solidcom C1 Pro’s headset is rather lightweight, weighing approximately the same as an apple. Say goodbye to discomfort during extended wear. Moreover, the specially designed structure matches the human ear snugly for stability, ideal for anyone who is always on the go and needs to wear the headset for extended periods of time. 

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Impressed by these powerful features and functions of the Solidcom C1 Pro, Ari Isenberg stressed, “In the future, I will continue to use these headsets on every one of my future sets no matter how big or small the project is.”

Hollyland is thrilled to have contributed to the success story of Dearborn and the Advanced TV Pilot Workshop, and is proud to facilitate smoother and more efficient communication experiences for users. Hollyland looks forward to more stories from Ari Isenberg and other inspiring content creators in this wonderful era of content creation.

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