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Dialogue Editing for Motion Pictures, 2nd Edition by John Purcell

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CHAPTER 5

The Sound Department

 

Human speech has huge potential as an element of sound design. Dialogue—words, breaths, sighs, etc.—can be performed, and edited, to function like music in a film, so that tempo, dynamics, and harmony in dialogue carry as much meaning—sometimes more meaning—than the definitions of the words being spoken. This is a vast, mostly unexplored territory, and I think it's one of the most artistically exciting facets of the future of film sound design.

Randy Thom Director of Sound Design, Skywalker Sound

There's no such thing as a “typical” small feature film, so it's difficult to describe a typical sound team. Whom you work with, where you work, and how you work—these realities have changed over the past few years, ...

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