10. Handing Over to Sound

After many months of cutting and recutting, the day will come when you are nearly finished editing the film. Now, it’s time to hand the movie to a sound crew, who will prepare the film’s sound track for the final film mix (or dub). We call this momentous event the handover.

Things never seem to work out this smoothly, however. Mixing time is usually booked months in advance, far before the film is ready to be handed over to the sound crew. A film’s release date is often planned well in advance of its shooting—and that date sets the post-production schedule rather than the needs of the editorial process. As a result, it’s rare that a film is really locked when it is turned over to the sound crew.

Locking a film simply ...

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