I can’t say that I was directly
responsible, it’s ultimately his decision, but I was happy I had a part in
I’ll not forget the actual experience of working on Moonlight, the
outstanding performances from all,
and the opportunity presented for
those young unknowns to be part of
a great narrative.
The scene on the beach where
Juan [Mahershala Ali] shares a mentoring moment with Little [Alex
full of wind and storms, but what
was captured was simply beautiful.
I am proud to say that those scenes,
as;with;most;of;the;film,;were;virtu-ally all production dialogue. Wind,
rain, and wetsuits, we were able to
bring home the performances from
our players out there in the elements.
Apart from all the attention an
X3 receives when I bring one on to
the set, with all the multicolored
faders and the funky appearance, the
camera people, as soon as they hear
the word Aaton, “Oh my God, I didn’t
know they made sound equipment!
Are they going to make another
I’ve worked with my X3 on
beaches, I’ve worked with it in
swamps, I've worked in cold, rain,
heat, everything else, and it keeps
There’s something there in the
voodoo of this machine that it works
not only with the human voice but
with music as well. I’ve recorded
guitar, some piano pieces, marching bands, and now my Cantar is the
only machine I need to bring around
to do it.
There is no other machine
made for what we do that has this
X3, no other mixing panel or anything, [just] a couple of wireless and
hardwired microphones. I’m talking
Juan (Mahershala Ali) and Little (Alex R. Hibbert) share a moment in 'Moonlight'
Chris Giles' main cart setup for 'Being Mary Jane' season 4B: Aaton Cantar X3 (primary recorder),
Cantarem 2 Mixing Panel, Sound Devices 970 (backup recorder), Lectrosonics Wireless