Dialogue Editing for Motion Pictures: A Guide to the Invisible Art

Produce professional level dialogue tracks with industry-proven techniques and insights from an Emmy Award winning sound editor. Gain innovative solutions to common dialogue editing challenges such as room tone balancing, noise removal, perspective control, finding and using alternative takes, and even time management and postproduction politics.

In Dialogue Editing for Motion Pictures, Second Edition veteran film sound editor John Purcell arms you with classic as well as cutting-edge practices to effectively edit dialogue for film, TV, and video. This new edition offers:

A fresh look at production workflows, from celluloid to Digital Cinema, to help you streamline your editing

Expanded sections on new software tools, workstations, and dialogue mixing, including mixing “in the box”

Fresh approaches to working with digital video and to moving projects from one workstation to another

An insider’s analysis of what happens on the set, and how that affects the dialogue editor

Discussions about the interweaving histories of film sound technology and film storytelling

Eye-opening tips, tricks, and insights from film professionals around the globe

A companion website (www.focalpress.com/cw/purcell) with project files and video examples demonstrating editing techniques discussed in the book

Don’t allow your dialogue to become messy, distracting, and uncinematic! Do dialogue right with John Purcell’s all-inclusive guide to this essential yet invisible art.

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2 Comments

  1. Excellent detailed guide to the art In a world where new technology and software constantly dazzle, John Purcell has given us a text that focuses on art and craft. I found his detailed discussion and diagrams to be extremely helpful–he significantly raised the level of the quality of my current indie film project. I found his discussion on the use of room tone and transitions alone to make this book a winner. My editing experience extends back to the days of tape and razor blades. NLE provides both challenges and…

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