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Sex & The City's Big Eff Up!

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We've received quite a few emails from several PerezHilton.com readers who've been lucky enough to see the new Sex and the City movie.

They've all said the same thing — that boom mics litter a few of the movie's scenes!


How could they let this happen????

Why wouldn't they fix such an obvious gaff in post-production???

In a scene where Carrie and Big discuss their wedding vows, a microphone is seen hanging down at the top of the screen the entire time!

We're sure SATC was given a huge production budget…so, why weren't the microphones 'erased' during the editing process?

Did they blow the editing money on wardrobe?????

In addition to counting the number of cute shoes Carrie wears, we're going to be looking out for stray mics when we watch the flick this weekend!

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422 comments to “Sex & The City's Big Eff Up!”

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  1. keels1 says – reply to this


    ya.. wtf was that… It was so distracting.. i barely paid attention to the conversation sjp and big were having. Everyone laughed and wanted a refund.. big F up. and there was a few…

  2. emligh says – reply to this


    I got to view a midnight release of a copy with the microphone fiasco. What a disappointment that was. It was soooo distracting! I don't think it could be the projectionist's fault in all these theaters. Maybe a few, but too many sites are posting messages about this problem. What an embarrassment for the production company!! Okay, Michael Patrick King, Sarah Jessica Parker, New Line Cinema…who's taking the responsibility for this screw up???

  3. HGN says – reply to this


    I just watched the movie last night. And, yes, there are boom mics and a couple of props in a few scenes. I agree Perez, how could the let this happen??? But, setting that aside, this movie is Absofuckingfabulous!

  4. 404

    I just watched the movie last night. And, yes, there are boom mics and props in a few scenes. I agree, Perez, how could they let this happen??? That aside, the movie is Absofuckingfabulous!

  5. Kiyah says – reply to this


    I thought it was just the shitty theater I saw it in. YEAH….what the hell?!?!? I soooo thought the end of the scene was going to be them dong a reality show of their wedding, when it didn't happen I was in disbelief that a show with THIS much hype could make such a STUPID mistake.

  6. P says – reply to this


    Here's the deal: There's TWO problems.

    Does anyone else find it funny that other movies don't HAVE this much of a widespread problem? Why are ALL these projectionists getting it wrong? Well, it's very easy to answer.

    Yes, there are some projectionists who are getting it wrong, but it's because the boom mic wasn't as high as it normally is on a movie. So what the standard projectionist feels is adequate enough, it's not.

    The word is getting out now on how to format the flick, so that this doesn't happen anymore. Some projectionists actually screened the thing before showing, so they knew what modifications that they had to make — that they didn't normally have to make — because of the error.

    So to answer the question, both the moviemakers and projectionists are at fault here.

  7. Conner says – reply to this


    yes i just saw it and I saw the Boom mics. everyone in the theatre started laughing. it was so obvious, the mics are just hanging there.

  8. marie says – reply to this


    i saw the movie on thursday night at midnight and i was looking for the microphone hanging during this scene and i did not see it.

  9. fuall says – reply to this


    I'm a projectionist at a movie theatre, and let me assure you that it is not the projectionist's fault that there are microphones in some scenes. It is the result of poor editing by the film's post production team. I have only seen one other print like this in the 5 years I've worked at a movie theatre and that was Lost in Translation. It just so happens the editors decided to be cheap and not edit out the microphones when they were done filming. So everyone who watches this who wants to complain to management about how they are projecting the film wrong should think twice because you will make yourself look like a complete moron. Management/projectionists will laugh at you as soon as you walk away, although we will appear to be sympathetic. (We really could care less; it's a stupid movie anyway.)
    Think about it - if it was really a problem caused by projectionists not knowing how to do their job, would every theater showing the film be having the same problem? No.
    So leave the managers and projectionists alone, and instead aim your complaints at the film company.

  10. daniel says – reply to this


    I thought I was seeing things. I noticed it when carrie and maranda were fighting in the resturant, I bet they will fix that when it comes to DVD. Major fuk up!

  11. chip says – reply to this


    I counted 4 scenes with boom mics showing and a scene where I saw a crew member in the reflection of the glass by Miranda's front door. Yikes! With a 65 million budget, even.

  12. Kristi says – reply to this


    I saw the midnight showing Thursday night and the boom mike was in almost every scene from the middle to the end. Almost ruined the whole thing for girlfriends and myself who were all decked out in our dresses and heels, sipping our champagne in the theatre. In response the the comment below, yes, there was a mistake in Carrie's hair color in the end. Also, was I the only one who got sick of the studded belt Carrie wore with almost every outfit? Don't get me wrong, it was a cute belt that worked with the changing wardrobe, but when in the whole series has anyone every see Carrie repeat an outfit or and accesory so many times?

  13. sid says – reply to this


    I just saw it, I think the mic in frame deal was a reference to when Carrie saw the psychic and she says marriage isn't in her future. They had a mic showing in part of that scene. Or it may have been a big screw up.

  14. jennyb says – reply to this


    Yes, lots of mikes for about 10 minutes of film in theater I watched it on Saturday. Also saw mike hanging over Charlotte while in bed with Harry. Mikes all over the place (many of them smaller w/out gray padding) in a restaurant scene following the "wedding vow" talk scene, and most of the focus of the frame was over their heads. For a good part of it, the bottom half of their faces were cut off.

  15. double says – reply to this


    I noticed the boom mikes also, but I think I can explain how it happened. “Sex and the City” was filmed on 35mm film because its cheaper. To make the widescreen frame, they usually crop some from the top and bottom in order to get the right ratio. Whoever cropped the SatC movie only cropped the bottom. So what we’re getting is 60% of the frame we’re supposed to be seeing (did no one else notice that you couldn’t see the table in the Mexican restaurant?) and the rest of the frame above their heads is space that was supposed to be deleted. And this isn’t just your theaters. I believe this is a problem with the master print coming from the distributor.

    I’ve heard of this problem in DVDs (Back to the Future 2 and 3, for example), but never for theatrical films.

  16. satc f says – reply to this


    actually, (to all you people who said it was the fault of the projectionist)… normally that is correct but in this case it's not. i had the same problem & complained to the movie theatre staff. they said it was happening all over the US, as some of the film they had sent out had been stretched! the theatre gave me free tickets to see another movie even though it wasn't their fault, but i didn't believe them that it was happening all over with this movie. so i googled it & it's TRUE!!! so sad. loved the movie but i hope they fix it soon. i am going to go see the movie at gold class when i go home to australia & hopefully it will be fixed by then!!! what a shame : (

  17. lr says – reply to this


    Re: fuall – You may know about projectionists, but not about the responsibilities and integrity of editors or post production in general. when a random boom or mic is visible with in "safety", that shot becomes a vfx that and is "fixed in post". when you see a boom or mic in a final composite print in a movie theater, the first thing to check is the framing by the projectionist - that usually takes care of the problem. If not, then the problem lies within the print itself which is a much more complicated and rare scenario. if an entire (or virtually entire) film has booms revealed throughout, it is not because of an editing crew, but because something in the print, long after the editing crew has completed their work, has gone wrong. it's a shame, and awful to look at - but not the fault of an editing crew.

  18. Charit says – reply to this


    DUDE!!! I missed that whole damn scene b/c of that fuck up!!

    It was REALLY distracting & TOTALLY unprofessional! How are you gonna charge ppl $10 to see a major motion picture when it was shot like Blair Witch Project!!

    BEST MOVIE ever though!!

  19. DC says – reply to this


    For the record…

    The exact reason this happened was because they shot the film in Super35mm. Through the digital intermediary (used for editing, etc.), you can choose for the final print to be regular 35mm or, like many, choose for the final print to be anamorphic. Therefore, the 13 year old projecting the film, should have used the anamorphic lens adapter… she or he didn't. Thus, you see the booms. Voila.

  20. Holly says – reply to this


    I can't believe no one got it. The boom mics are SUPPOSED to be there periodically … this is Sex And The City THE MOVIE … the mics are a tongue-in-cheek way of saying this is THE MOVIE and not simply an episode from the series. I mean, c'mon … you don't REALLY think an almost $100 million bigname move production would make this kind of a mistake, do you?! Think outside the box!

  21. satc f says – reply to this


    Re: Holly – soooo not true! not everyone who saw the movie had the boom mic's in it…. i did, but i've spoken to other people who had no boom mic's & no mistakes! so NO, it was not supposed to be part of the movie. NOT A CHANCE!!!

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