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Directing, 3rd Edition by Michael Rabiger

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CHAPTER 33

LOCATION SOUND

 

Sound recording is the neglected stepsister in low-budget or film school filmmaking. The most common oversight is to record without monitoring through headphones, trusting that all is well. Machines have nasty little black souls all their own, so all is frequently not well and you later find there are crackles, dropouts, or no sound at all. Thus, the reward for misplaced optimism …

Another costly assumption is that location sound can be skimped because it can be fixed in the cutting room. Though true to a degree, this is damaging when practiced wholesale, for recreating dialogue later in a looping or automatic dialogue replacement session is damaging to your drama and expensive in time and effort. See following sections ...

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