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Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound, 4th Edition by David Lewis Yewdall

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Chapter 10

Custom Recording Sound Effects

The Real Fun and Adventure

“Why do you have to go clear out to Oklahoma to custom-record aStearman for? Save the money—use our crop-duster sound effectsfrom North by Northwest. Nobody will ever know the difference!”

MGM/UA executive, dissuading the producer from custom-recordingsound effects for The Aviator (1985 version)

I laid behind the low wall of rocks hastily piled together as an impromptu bullet-resistant shield to protect myself from the spray of lead I knew would be flying toward me at any moment. Although I had just signed a release of responsibility should I be accidentally wounded or killed, my partner, Ken Sweet, and my first assistant, Peter Cole, still tried vigorously to talk me out of ...

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