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

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CHAPTER 8

Working with Picture

 

 

Picture plays a huge role in cinematic storytelling—almost rivaling sound in importance. But for the magic of movies to do its trick, image and sound must work together—in sync—as the filmmaker imagined and common sense dictates. We must edit with faith that what we see is, indeed, in sync. It's ironic that throughout the filmmaking workflow, sync is more or less assured. Yet when we most need confidence in what we see and hear—during sound postproduction—sync is least certain.

As workstations become smarter and cheaper, syncing sound and picture is, in many cases, more about voodoo than it was in the past. Today sound is always edited on some sort of computer application and picture inevitably arrives as a ...

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