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The Complete Guide to Film and Digital Production, 3rd Edition by Lorene M. Wales

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11

The Sound Department

The sound department is one of the smallest yet most important crews on a film shoot. Unfortunately—mostly in low budget—it is sometimes treated as an afterthought. Thus, this chapter approaches the subject of the sound department as essential to a successful film and smooth audio post-production. The importance of getting good sound on location is discussed in addition to job descriptions and operations.

Most first-time directors may not understand the importance of getting good sound on set. The director might think that he is in a hurry and so shoots without sound. He may think, “Oh, there’s no dialogue in this scene, let’s just shoot MOS (without sound).” The trouble comes when you get into the sound edit and suddenly ...

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