CHAPTER 13

Production FX and Guide Tracks

Production FX

Not everything on your tracks is dialogue. Amid the words are the odd door slam, plate break, chair squeak, and car start. Occasionally, you’ll encounter entire scenes with no spoken words, just action. Events without words are called production effects, or PFX, and they get special treatment.

There are at least two reasons to care about PFX.

Often you want to treat a sound effect differently than you treat the surrounding dialogue. A quietly spoken line immediately followed by a loud chair squeak is a hard scene to mix. Splitting off the squeak makes it easier to control—or to replace.

To prepare a film for dubbing into another language, you must prepare an M&E—that is, a mix containing ...

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