Interesting. I wasn't sure on how to do those type of shots. So you would, in most cases, record the dialogue from really wide shots on location after the take or maybe in post. And let's say it's a normal conversation (no dreamy/nightmare theme or anything) you would just make the sounds a bit softer, right? That way you can reflect the distance and make it sound more natural, right?
Assuming the scene has a wide establishing shot, that shot will be recorded MOS (a fancy industry term for “without sound”). The actual dialog scene is shot several times: once on a wider shot, and 2-3 times, or more, with varying close-ups, over-the-shoulder shots, etc. Dialog is recorded with each take. The final edit is a composite of the best audio and video from all takes.
The establishing shot will utilize dialog from one of the other shots, layered with ambient sound beds and other SFX.
That only a small percentage becomes ''good''. So the odds are against everyone trying to become good. It refers to a certain sentence which said: ''if I become good''
Putting yourself into a box like that is giving up before you even start. Snap out of it, dude. Odds mean very little if you actually practice and work to learn and improve.
There was another (now former) member around here who wasted everyone’s time for years because he always had a reason that any piece of advice given wouldn’t work. It didn’t matter what we said. We’d get, “Okay thanks. But...”
Don’t be that guy.
Not like I can learn the in-and-outs of 2 devices at the same time anyway. So I would start with the audio recorder and get a storage card with that. Then learn that stuff, until I feel like I can produce the sounds with it that the device is meant to produce. Then get the boom pole with shotgun mic and learn that.
But... learning to use the recorder with the boomed shotgun is part of learning the recorder’s ins and outs. It’s about learning to gain stage your mic, which is a function of the recorder. It’s about learning to set proper recording levels. This is the overall dialog recording process.
And you aren’t going to get anything useful other than ambient sound beds and SFX with the recorder by itself. If you try to get any kind of on-camera dialog recording with just the recorder then you have dropped yourself right in the middle of forming bad habits up front.
By the way, which camera are you using?