Chapter 10

Sound Design

Sound design according to one definition is the art of creating a coherent soundtrack that advances the story and the picture, and it demands an overarching conception of a movie’s sound as well as a capacity to solve aesthetic and technical problems at the level of 1/10 of a second. “Design” is used to emphasize the creative larger conception of a movie and the capacity of sound personnel to create imaginative sounds that advance the story. Thus sound design is the art of getting the right sound in the right place at the right time. The right sound means that the correct aesthetic choice has been made for that moment in time. The right place relates to the high degree of organization that is necessary over the process, ...

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