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Dialogue Editing for Motion Pictures by John Purcell

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CHAPTER 10

Now, the Actual Editing

At last, it’s time to edit. No more setup to be done, no more preparation work. As you begin, keep the following two main purposes of the dialogue editing process in mind so that you can be efficient and focused.

To serve the film by creating clean, focused tracks, free of anything that gets in the way. This is how you can help move the story along and create minute details that enhance plot, character development, and drama.

To prepare tracks that can be mixed easily and productively. No matter how creative, clean, or detail-rich your tracks, if the mixer can’t quickly make sense of them, all of your work is in vain. You’ll never have enough time in a dialogue premix to give your tracks the time they ...

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