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Dialogue Editing for Motion Pictures by John Purcell

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CHAPTER 7

Screening the OMF/PostConform—The Spotting Session

All films have directors, and we must listen to them and honor their wishes, even though any honest sound editor can recall times when he thought the director was off the mark. “If only he’d listen to me, Rome would be saved.” Get a grip. It’s not your film, and you may not be seeing the big picture. Plus, drawing blood over a breath or a chair squeak isn’t a sign of maturity. Besides, the director just may be right.

On a typical small film, you’ll meet with the director two or three times: just after the OMF or autoconform is opened and checked for accuracy, near the end of your editing, and perhaps again just before the dialogue premix. Depending on the dynamics of the sound department ...

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