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Working with Audio by Stanley R. Alten

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Chapter 12. Editing

The results of good production for picture are readily perceptible to the viewer—lighting, cinematography, composition, transitions, special effects, and so on. Not so with audio. When audio is well produced, it is complementary to the overall dramatic intent of the production and works as a subtle and powerful aspect of the whole. As producer/director George Lucas once commented, “Sound is fifty percent of the motion picture experience.”[1] However, if a sound track is poorly crafted or overly produced and the dialogue, sound effects, or music dominate, it detracts from the film-viewing experience. Nowhere in audio production is “invisibility” more important than with editing.

Editing is indispensable to the production process. ...

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