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Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound, Fourth Edition, comprehensively examines the subject of sound for motion pictures and television productions with an emphasis on real-world problems and solutions. The book shows you how to achieve great sound despite a small budget, lack of equipment, and less-than-perfect recording conditions. Based on the experience of the author and other top sound craftspeople, and firmly grounded in the processes involved in practical techniques, this book provides real-life examples and relevant technical data as well as an appreciation of the processes involved in creating an artful audio experience. It examines sound from the point of view of the key figures in the sound department, who not only describe today's practices, but also offer practical advice to guide the reader around myriad pitfalls.

Topics include:

  • Preproduction planning
  • Production sound recording strategies and tips
  • Sound designing and sound editing
  • ADR and looping

New to this edition:

  • Contribution from Greg Russell, re-recording mixer on Salt
  • Proper use of a boom pole
  • Chapter dedicated to digital portable sound recorders
  • License-free sound effects library

David Lewis Yewdall, MPSE, is a veteran of over 140 theatrical motion pictures, most of which are listed on IMDB.com; has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 1984; has been a member of the Motion Picture Sound Editor's Society since 1986; and was a member of the faculty of the film school of North Carolina School of the Arts from 2000–2010.