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Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound

Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound embraces the subject of sound for films. Based on the experience of the author and other top sound craftspeople and firmly grounded in practical techniques, this book provides numerous real-life examples and relevant technical data, as well as an appreciation of all the processes involved in creating motion picture sound.
This edition is completely revised, with all-new chapters on 5.1, the Nagra IV-S, and the Nagra V. The ProTools content is expanded, and there are new sections on how to record Foley in Pro Tools and the concept of ADR/looping. 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 common industry practices.
Learn about best practices and pitfalls from a Hollywood veteran
Audio CD with demos and sound effects
Experience-based advice on a wide range of topics
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Table of Contents

The Empowerment of Sound; Our Amateur Beginnings; The First Tuesday Night In February; Success or Failure: Before the Camera Even Rolls; The Challenging Battlefield of Production; From Set to Laboratory; Picture Editorial and Use of the Sound Medium; Temps Dub and Screen Testings; Spotting the Picture for Sound and Music; Custom Recording Sound Effects; Sound Librarian: Curator of an Audio Empire; Sound Design Myths and Realities; Sound Editorial: Sync-Sync-, Chop-Chop; Dialog Editors: Hollywood's Unsung Heroes; ADR and Looping; Foley: The Art of Footsteps, Props and Cloth Movement; Non-linear: the Digital Workstation; Music Composer: Audio Collaborator or Mud and Destruction?; The Rerecording Stage: Predubbing and the Final Mix; 5.1: Audio Restoration and Emerging Audio Technologies; The Venerable Nagra IV-S (Analog); The Nagra V (Digital); Glossary; Index

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Learn about best practices and pitfalls from a Hollywood veteran Audio CD with demos and sound effects Experience-based advice on a wide range of topics


Praise for the first edition: "If you're looking for the best source of knowledge and inspiration between two covers, you have only one choice: David Yewdall's 'Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound. Yewdall goes back and forth between step-by-step explanation of every part of the craft and reminisces on his career, all the while never forgetting the end product--the art." - Larry Blake, Mix Magazine "Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound" is a must-read for all students of sound, whether in film school, recording school or already working in the craft. More than that, it's a must-read for all students of film, and no doubt, a few directors and producers out there would benefit from a read." - Mix Magazine "I wish this book had been available when I was starting to make movies: there is probably no producer or director who will not benefit from David Yewdall's lucid and thoroughly practical explanation of creativity with sound, and the technical disciplines necessary to use sound as an art form." - Roger Corman, Concorde/New Horizons "The DGA should make this book required reading before their members could go out and work in the industry! This is the first time I have ever seen the subject presented in such a realistic and practical way that is written in a style that everyone can understand." - Jim Webb, Academy Award-winning Production Mixer and multi-channel expert "This is a book for ALL filmmakers, whether a budding 'in-the-trenches' sound editor or a producer/director who deigns to touch actual film. This book reveals HOW to achieve the creative soundtrack that the director reams of while actually saving money for the producer--and best of all, it's told in a witty, anecdotal style...A must read for both student filmmakers and the seasoned professional." - Richard Anderson, M.P.S.E. "The best book on the subject to date, hands down. Thanks Mr. Yewdall!" -Ken Trevenna, Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology

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