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The Studio Business Book: A Guide to Professional Recording Studio Business and Management, Third Edition by Jim Mandell, Mitch Gallagher

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Bidding on Films

In the field of audio post, feature films are among the most sought-after projects because they represent the biggest single-project deals you can make. They also pose a great creative challenge for the engineer.

Doing audio post for film, which is often referred to as sound design, involves several complex procedures that demand a real sense of artistry. In a typical feature, hundreds of sound effects must be laid in, dialog edited, muffled lines re-recorded (ADR), live action mimicked (Foley), ambience created, music added, and finally, a complete mix assembled.

To do that, and to bid intelligently, the film is first spotted (viewed with an editor who discusses what’s needed) by the engineer and studio manager. Then the work ...

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