Preface

 

 

There are many books about film sound. There are books about sound theory and the role sound plays in a movie. There are practical books that teach you about sound editing, sound design, or sound equipment. There are books for film music composers or those who wish they were. And there are plenty of books about film sound theory. But you don't hear of many books about dialogue editing.

Every live-action film contains dialogue. Lots of it. After all, that's how most films tell their stories. When you, the dialogue editor, receive a film from the picture editor, the sound is a mess. It sounds bad, it's unorganized, it doesn't “act” like a movie. You have just a few weeks to untangle this mess, to create a believable cinematic flow, ...

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