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Nonfiction Sound and Story for Film and Video by Cheryl Ottenritter, Amy DeLouise

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3Preparing for Location Sound

There are several “secrets” to effective nonfiction sound acquisition in the field. As with so many essentials to good storytelling, preparation is the key. In this chapter, we will cover some of the components of location sound that contribute to a compelling story. We’ll also review scouting strategies and digital tools that can help you significantly improve both the quality and the quantity of the sound assets you gather while in the field. By having better, and more, sound assets, you’ll have flexibility, options, and added impact in your nonfiction storytelling.

Let’s face it, decisions on locations are often made with little or no regard for sound. Picture is usually at the top of everyone’s mind, from ...

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