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Dialogue Editing for Motion Pictures by John Purcell

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CHAPTER 4

The Sound Department

There’s no such thing as a “typical” small feature film, so it’s difficult to describe a typical sound team. You may be working with a team of 15 or more people, but more than likely it will be less than 6.

The Players

The following sections describe the important players who should be working on any sound team.

Supervising Sound Editor

The boss. Commonly the only member of the sound team hired directly by the production and usually selected by either the director or the picture editor. The rest of the sound team is often employed by the audio postproduction studio where the work is performed or is subcontracted by the supervising sound editor. (As with all aspects of sound postproduction, the details of employment ...

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