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-->-- '''WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob''', on ''Film/{{Dolemite}}''
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* Whenever the ''Sinnoh Now!'' crew shows up on ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', expect someone to be clobbered by the boom mic at one point.

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Whenever the ''Sinnoh Now!'' crew shows up on ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', up, expect someone to be clobbered by the boom mic at one point.



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* Happens on the ShowWithinAShow in ''Disney/{{Bolt}}''. The director is angry about it, not because the audience could have seen it, but because the ''dog'' could have seen it, since it would have spoiled his EnforcedMethodActing. Strangely it's not visible within the movie itself the first time, but only when the director points this out in the editing room.

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* Happens on the ShowWithinAShow in ''Disney/{{Bolt}}''.''WesternAnimation/{{Bolt}}''. The director is angry about it, not because the audience could have seen it, but because the ''dog'' could have seen it, since it would have spoiled his EnforcedMethodActing. Strangely it's not visible within the movie itself the first time, but only when the director points this out in the editing room.



* ''WebAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGamesShorts'': Played for laughs in "Pinkie Spy", when Pinkie hangs a boom mic above two Crystal Prep athletes. Somehow, they don't notice.



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* ''Series/TheMandalorian'': [[Recap/TheMandalorianS1E4Chapter4Sanctuary "Chapter 4: Sanctuary"]] has a brief appearance of a boom mic in the darkly-lit upper area of the screen in one scene.





** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E4WorldWarThree "World War Three"]]: When the sergeant is giving orders after Green and Asquith have gone upstairs in the lift, guess what's reflected in his goggles?

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E4WorldWarThree [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E5WorldWarThree "World War Three"]]: When the sergeant is giving orders after Green and Asquith have gone upstairs in the lift, guess what's reflected in his goggles?


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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E4WorldWarThree "World War Three"]]: When the sergeant is giving orders after Green and Asquith have gone upstairs in the lift, guess what's reflected in his goggles?


->''"The boom mic is so far into the shot I could describe the boom mic operator as a sketch artist!"''

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->''"The boom mic is so far into the shot I could describe the boom mic operator as to a fucking sketch artist!"''

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* Parodied in the 1997 comedy ''Airbag!'': The characters watch a low-budget Venezuelan soap opera. The soap opera actor, Creator/JavierBardem in TheCameo, is constantly disturbed by the overhead microphone visible, in foreground and in front of his face.

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* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'', during the scene before the Killer Rabbit is introduced, just above the Knights.

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* ''TabletopGame/IsaacAsimovsRobots'': The microphone picking up Dr Han Fastolfe's voice dips into the shot during his first scene.
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->''"The boom mic is so far into the shot I could describe the boom mic operator to a sketch artist!"''

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->''"The boom mic is so far into the shot I could describe the boom mic operator to as a sketch artist!"''



* ''Film/{{Ransom}}'', the Creator/MelGibson movie: One can be seen just after Gibson realises his kid's missing.

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* ''Film/{{Ransom}}'', the Creator/MelGibson movie: One can be seen just after Gibson realises realizes his kid's missing.



** After Betty and Ralph leave and Brad and Janet are talking, we see the tip of it and it's shadow broadcast on the church wall.

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** After Betty and Ralph leave and Brad and Janet are talking, we see the tip of it and it's its shadow broadcast on the church wall.



* Deliberately used in the monologue of a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' episode hosted by Jon Lithgow.
** Also "deliberately" used when Tina Fey hosted the first show back from the writers' strike. Since the strike didn't do anything for the crew except put them out of work for a few weeks, the boom mike operator kept "accidentally" dropping the mike into frame, sometime hitting her.

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* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''
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Deliberately used in the monologue of a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' an episode hosted by Jon Lithgow.
** Also "deliberately" deliberately used when Tina Fey hosted the first show back from the writers' strike. Since the strike didn't do anything for the crew except put them out of work for a few weeks, the boom mike operator kept "accidentally" dropping the mike into frame, sometime hitting her.



* Referenced in a ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' short revovling around the filming of a commercial for Homestar Runner's favorite brand of marshmallows. Homestar spaces out during filming, on camera, and someone has to tap his head with a boom mic to remind him to say his lines.

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* Referenced in a ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' short revovling revolving around the filming of a commercial for Homestar Runner's favorite brand of marshmallows. Homestar spaces out during filming, on camera, and someone has to tap his head with a boom mic to remind him to say his lines.



* ''WebVideo/BestOfTheWorst'': The gang often points out visible boom mics in the movies they watch.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode parodying ''Series/TheXFiles'', [[KentBrockmanNews Kent Brockman]] mentioned that the boom mic operator was being fired the next day, then the boom operator hit Kent in the head with the mic.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode parodying ''Series/TheXFiles'', [[KentBrockmanNews Kent Brockman]] mentioned mentions that the boom mic operator was being is going to be fired the next day, day and then the boom operator gets hit Kent in the head with the mic.

















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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up": During the final scene between the businessman (three-armed Martian) and the counterman (three-eyed Venusian), as the counterman says, "And I agree with you about what they call music," a shadow from an overhead boom mike (on the counterman's hat) moves slightly.

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "Will Played for laughs in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' when the Real Martian Please Stand Up": During Bluths discuss whether Michael's British girlfriend might be a spy trying to eavesdrop on their business plans. As Michael argues that [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs nobody is trying to listen in on them]], the final scene between the businessman (three-armed Martian) and the counterman (three-eyed Venusian), as the counterman says, "And I agree with you about what they call music," a shadow from an overhead [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall board room's boom mike (on is clearly visible]].
* In Season 1 Episode 9 of ''Series/BeautyAndTheBeast1987'',
the counterman's hat) moves slightly.boom mic dips into the shot as Catherine walks into Alexander Ross's office.
* One of the worst offenders is the original ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'' series, where the Visible Boom Mic could be spotted countless times floating over a main character's head.
* [[BreakingTheFourthWall Happens]] in ''Series/CornerGas'' when Brent and Wanda are [[DiscussedTrope discussing]] the comparative qualities between [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall production values and substance]].
** To clarify: The boom mic drops down and hits Wanda in the head, she then grabs it and throws it back off screen.



** It's not uncommon in the Classic series for the boom mike shadow to actually obscure actors's faces. When the Doctor barges into Dr Quinn's house in "Doctor Who and the Silurians", the boom shadow seems to actually follow Quinn's face around as he moves about the set.

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** It's not uncommon in the Classic series for the boom mike shadow to actually obscure actors's actors' faces. When the Doctor barges into Dr Dr. Quinn's house in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E2DoctorWhoAndTheSilurians "Doctor Who and the Silurians", Silurians"]], the boom shadow seems to actually follow Quinn's face around as he moves about the set.



*** When the Robomen descend from the Dalek ship in "The Dalek Invasion of Earth".
*** The Renaissance-era scene in "City of Death".
** During the minefield scene in "The Sea Devils", the Doctor appears to fend off a boom mike with his sonic screwdriver.
*** Under the stairs of the freighter in "Earthshock", the boom mike and the entire pole can clearly be seen in the background. Mind you, they did try and obscure it with set decoration and draw the eye away - but once you see it, it stands out like a sore thumb.
*** A rare one from the new series - in the scene in "The Lazarus Experiment" when the Doctor and Martha are in her apartment for the second time, the boom mic can be seen above the TARDIS' "PUBLIC CALL" lettering.

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*** When the Robomen descend from the Dalek ship in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth "The Dalek Invasion of Earth".
Earth"]].
*** The Renaissance-era scene in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath "City of Death".
Death"]].
** During the minefield scene in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS9E3TheSeaDevils "The Sea Devils", Devils"]], the Doctor appears to fend off a boom mike with his sonic screwdriver.
*** ** Under the stairs of the freighter in "Earthshock", [[Recap/DoctorWhoS19E6Earthshock "Earthshock"]], the boom mike and the entire pole can clearly be seen in the background. Mind you, they did try and obscure it with set decoration and draw the eye away - but once you see it, it stands out like a sore thumb.
*** A rare one from ** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen "Rise of the new series - in Cybermen"]] has the scene boom mike, its operator and several other crewmembers visible reflected in Mickey's grandmother's glasses when he goes to visit her.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E6TheLazarusExperiment
"The Lazarus Experiment" Experiment"]], when the Doctor and Martha are in her apartment for the second time, the boom mic can be seen above the TARDIS' "PUBLIC CALL" lettering.lettering.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary "Silence in the Library"]] has a stealthy, brief appearance of the boom mike at the top of the screen during a shot of the little girl's father.



* In the first episode of ''Series/StElsewhere'', there's a long dialogue scene where the characters are walking through the corridors, and the mike is visible for a few moments.
* One of the worst offenders is the original ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'' series, where the Visible Boom Mic could be spotted countless times floating over a main character's head.

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* In the first Snuck into an episode of ''Series/StElsewhere'', there's a long dialogue scene where ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. When Frasier and Niles exit the characters are walking through kitchen, the corridors, and the boom mic quickly crawls up off-screen.
%%* The boom
mike is visible for a few moments.
* One of
showed up in the worst offenders is shot at least once during the original ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'' series, where the Visible Boom Mic could be spotted countless times floating over a main character's head.10-year run of Friends.



* In ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'''s Lampooning of ''Film/{{Gorgo}}'', you get a rare look at Mike Nelson's microphone. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6NWEmwunmg&feature=youtu.be&t=9m17s (When he turns his head to say "Hey, Tom Servo!")]]
* An interesting is example is in the "Breaking Glass" episode of ''Series/MythBusters''. Since this is a science reality show, the visible boom mike isn't a problem as far as suspension of disbelief. The problem is that in the scene in which singer Jaime Vendera shatters a wine glass with only his voice, some viewers thought that the visible boom mike was some sort of sonic gun used to break the glass. Incidentally, in the same scene, some viewers thought a lens flare was a string attached to the glass, somehow used to shatter it. Both can be seen [[http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/mythbusters-adam-savage-on-breaking-glass.html here]] starting at the 0:43 mark.



* [[BreakingTheFourthWall Happens]] in ''Series/CornerGas'' when Brent and Wanda are [[DiscussedTrope discussing]] the comparative qualities between [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall production values and substance]].
** To clarify: The boom mic drops down and hits Wanda in the head, she then grabs it and throws it back off screen.
* This happened so often on ''Series/SouthOfNowhere'' that the fan forum declared Boomy the Boom Mic an integral character on the show and came up with a variety of EpilepticTrees and {{Parody Fic}}s to tie Boomy to the plot.
* An interesting is example is in the "Breaking Glass" episode of ''Series/MythBusters''. Since this is a science reality show, the visible boom mike isn't a problem as far as suspension of disbelief. The problem is that in the scene in which singer Jaime Vendera shatters a wine glass with only his voice, some viewers thought that the visible boom mike was some sort of sonic gun used to break the glass. Incidentally, in the same scene, some viewers thought a lens flare was a string attached to the glass, somehow used to shatter it. Both can be seen [[http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/mythbusters-adam-savage-on-breaking-glass.html here]] starting at the 0:43 mark.



* The boom mike showed up in the shot at least once during the 10-year run of Friends.



* Played for laughs in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' when the Bluths discuss whether Michael's British girlfriend might be a spy trying to eavesdrop on their business plans. As Michael argues that [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs nobody is trying to listen in on them]], the [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall board room's boom mike is clearly visible]].
* Snuck into an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. When Frasier and Niles exit the kitchen, the boom mic quickly crawls up off-screen.

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* Played for laughs in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' when the Bluths discuss whether Michael's British girlfriend might be a spy trying to eavesdrop This happened so often on their business plans. As Michael argues ''Series/SouthOfNowhere'' that [[WhoWouldWantToWatchUs nobody is trying to listen in on them]], the [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall board room's boom mike is clearly visible]].
* Snuck into
fan forum declared Boomy the Boom Mic an integral character on the show and came up with a variety of EpilepticTrees and {{Parody Fic}}s to tie Boomy to the plot.
* In the first
episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. When Frasier ''Series/StElsewhere'', there's a long dialogue scene where the characters are walking through the corridors, and Niles exit the kitchen, mike is visible for a few moments.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode "Will
the Real Martian Please Stand Up": During the final scene between the businessman (three-armed Martian) and the counterman (three-eyed Venusian), as the counterman says, "And I agree with you about what they call music," a shadow from an overhead boom mic quickly crawls up off-screen.mike (on the counterman's hat) moves slightly.



* In ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'''s Lampooning of ''Film/{{Gorgo}}'', you get a rare look at Mike Nelson's microphone. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6NWEmwunmg&feature=youtu.be&t=9m17s (When he turns his head to say "Hey, Tom Servo!")]]
* In Season 1 Episode 9 of ''Series/BeautyAndTheBeast1987'', the boom mic dips into the shot as Catherine walks into Alexander Ross's office.
* Spoofed in ''Series/VictoriaWoodAsSeenOnTV'' in the Show Within A Show dismal soap opera Acorn Antiques. Mr Clifford (Duncan Preston) is on the sofa when a dramatic revelation makes him stand up quickly, bashing his head on the boom mike. The rest of the scene is him in a fetal position holding his head in agony while the other characters carry on the scene, even reacting to dialogue he hasn't said.

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* In ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'''s Lampooning of ''Film/{{Gorgo}}'', you get a rare look at Mike Nelson's microphone. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6NWEmwunmg&feature=youtu.be&t=9m17s (When he turns his head to say "Hey, Tom Servo!")]]
* In Season 1 Episode 9 of ''Series/BeautyAndTheBeast1987'', the boom mic dips into the shot as Catherine walks into Alexander Ross's office.
* Spoofed in ''Series/VictoriaWoodAsSeenOnTV'' in the Show Within A Show ShowWithinAShow dismal soap opera Acorn Antiques. Mr ''Acorn Antiques''. Mr. Clifford (Duncan Preston) is on the sofa when a dramatic revelation makes him stand up quickly, bashing his head on the boom mike. The rest of the scene is him in a fetal position holding his head in agony while the other characters carry on the scene, even reacting to dialogue he hasn't said. \n



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* A [[https://www.moviemistakes.com/picture140471 reflection of one]] appears in the car windshield when Ralph and Betty drive off near the start of ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''.

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A [[https://www.moviemistakes.com/picture140471 reflection of one]] appears in the car windshield when Ralph and Betty drive off near after their wedding.
** After Betty and Ralph leave and Brad and Janet are talking, we see
the start tip of ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''.it and it's shadow broadcast on the church wall.



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* A [[https://www.moviemistakes.com/picture140471 reflection of one]] appears in the car windshield when Ralph and Betty drive off near the start of ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''.



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* Spoofed in ''Series/VictoriaWoodAsSeenOnTV'' in the Show Within A Show dismal soap opera Acorn Antiques. Mr Clifford (Duncan Preston) is on the sofa when a dramatic revelation makes him stand up quickly, bashing his head on the boom mike. The rest of the scene is him in a fetal position holding his head in agony while the other characters carry on the scene, even reacting to dialogue he hasn't said.



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* Many older home video releases of ''Film/PromNight1980'' featured the boom mic in very clear view in several shots. This is because it was an open matte transfer, and the 2014 DVD and Blu-ray release of the film from Synapse Films restores the correct widescreen aspect ratio, and no booms are visible.

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