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The Filmmaker's Book of the Dead, 2nd Edition by Danny Draven

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Listen to them, the children of the night. What sweet music they make.

—DRACULA FROM BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA (1992)

Up to this point you have spent a considerable amount of effort on the visual aspects of your movie, but now it’s time to shape the audio landscape and give the film a soundtrack worth listening to. On large-budget films, you may have a team of people working on the sound simultaneously for any given production; this includes dialogue editors, sound effects editors, Foley artists, and mixing and recording engineers. On the indie level, there is usually one small company or a single person doing all the sound work. It doesn’t matter if you have a team of people or not, the basic work that ...

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