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Dialogue Editing for Motion Pictures by John Purcell

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Foreword

I really like this book.

But, I am getting ahead of myself.

To begin, I am a rerecording engineer, more commonly known as a mixer. My job is to take all of the assorted sounds—dialogue, sound effects, music, Foleys—that have been painstakingly assembled for the film’s track and create a final, smooth, and hopefully moving and emotional soundtrack that you will hear in the theater or on your TV.

I’ve been doing it for some thirty years now, and I’ve mixed just about every kind of film or video you can imagine, from student films to big-budget studio features, commercials, video games, documentaries, on and on. One thing that I have learned through all of this is that in any kind of project, every word is important. The loss of a single ...

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