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Practical art of motion picture sound
Yewdall, David Lewis, 1950-
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Publication Information:
Boston : Focal Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
xii, 267 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm 1 computer audio disc (4 3/4 in.)
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TK7881.4 .Y48 1999 TEXT Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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The Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound embraces the subject of sound for motion pictures and television productions with a dedicated emphasis on the art and application of the various techniques and philosophies. Told through interviews with the top sound craftsmen in the industry and firmly grounded in practical techniques, this book will provide real-life examples and relevant technical data, as well as an appreciation of all of the processes involved in creating motion picture sound. This book covers motion picture sound from the point of view of the key figures in the sound department on a set and describes the practices common in the industry today. The accompanying audio CD presents demonstration material, as well as a large library of sound effects, while numerous charts, illustrations, and photographs help to demonstrate techniques and industry practices.

Author Notes

David Lewis Yewdall, M.P.S.E. has more than 140 motion picture credits in his 25-year career ranging from Escape from New York, John Carpenter's The Thing, and Christine, to Twilight Zone: The Movie, One False Move, Once Upon a Forest, Talvisota: The Winter War, The Fifth Element, Chain Reaction, and Starship Troopers. A member of the Sound Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Motion Picture Sound Editors Society, David stresses artistry and technical disciplines as a prerequisite to those who aspire to become fine craftspeople.

Table of Contents

Memorialp. xi
Chapter 1 The Empowerment of Soundp. 1
Chapter 2 "Our Amateur Beginnings"p. 5
Chapter 3 The First Tuesday Night in Februaryp. 13
Chapter 4 Success or Failure: Before the Camera Even Rollsp. 17
Chapter 5 The Challenging Battlefield of Productionp. 37
Chapter 6 From Set to Laboratoryp. 59
Chapter 7 Picture Editorial and Use of the Sound Mediump. 73
Chapter 8 Temp Dubs and Test Screenings: A Critical Objective Viewp. 89
Chapter 9 Spotting Pictures for Sound and Musicp. 93
Chapter 10 Custom Recording Sound Effects: The Real Fun and Adventurep. 99
Chapter 11 Sound Librarian: Curator of an Audio Empirep. 121
Chapter 12 Sound Design Myths and Realitiesp. 141
Chapter 13 Sound Editorial: Sync-Sync, Chop-Chopp. 153
Chapter 14 Dialog Editors: Hollywood's Unsung Heroesp. 179
Chapter 15 ADR and Group Walla: Getting Lips to Flap in Syncp. 191
Chapter 16 Foley: The Art of Footsteps, Props, and Cloth Movementp. 205
Chapter 17 Non-linear: The Digital Workstationp. 227
Chapter 18 Music Composer: Audio Collaboration or Mud and Destruction?p. 241
Chapter 19 The Rerecording Stage: Predubbing and the Final Mixp. 251
Audio CD Companionp. 265