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Real World Digital Video, Second Edition by Gerald Everett Jones, Pete Shaner

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Making the Magic Invisible

Neither movie music nor visual effects should draw attention to themselves. Music should lend an unnoticed emotional dimension to the experience, subtly guiding the audience's emotions. And while movie publicists tout visual effects as “eye candy,” and Dolby Surround Sound can shake you to your bones, all the tricks of the postproduction trade are wasted effort if they draw your attention away from the show's story or informational message.

When you hear that a feature-length motion picture took a year in post, it's generally not because the director, editor, and producer were cutting and recutting the story. No indeed, the most time-consuming part of finishing a movie is getting the technical stuff just right: repairing ...

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