In film- and television-making, the boom
operator is the member of the sound crew
in charge of moving the boom microphone
-- often colloquial
ly known as the "big fuzzy thing on the end of a stick"; actually a microphone attached to a long pole, often with a wind shield
to keep the extraneous noise down and account for the "fuzzy" look -- close enough to the onscreen noise source (actors
, for example) to pick up the desired sound without getting the pretty microphone
in the picture.
Also known as a sound recordist
One has to wonder... do boom operators often brag about their "boom sticks"?