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

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CHAPTER 11

Editing Dialogue Tracks

 

What do I want from a dialogue edit? In a word, smooth: the ability for me as a mixer to hit play on the dialogue edit and not be taken out of a scene by any jarring ambience changes between angles/takes, bumps, or other sonic anomalies. A good dialogue edit is like a smooth handoff in a relay race—no interruption of flow.

David Barber, MPSE, rerecording mixer, supervising sound editor, The Frozen Ground

At last, it's time to edit. No more setup, no more preparation work. As you begin, keep the following two main purposes of the dialogue editing process in mind so that you can be efficient and focused.

  • To serve the film by creating clean, focused tracks, free of anything that gets in the way. This is how ...

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