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Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects in Cinema Paperback – June 15, 2002
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The author's writing style is easy to read and flows well. You may only get stumped on concept from time to time.
Sonnenschein not only shows the creative side but also the business side in presenting yourself to the director and/or producer.
Some of things that he explains involve how contrast works, changing frequency (EQ'ing) to enhance moods, mapping out the script, searching for the writer's sound clues, consistency, and building your sound library.
The book won't teach you how to mix or what specific software tools to use but it will encourage you to expand your creative side with the tools you do have.
This book is recommended for those who have a background, or some experience, with sound and audio editing who want to move into the realm of sound design.
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What is sound design, you may ask? Sound design, to put it in a nutshell, is orchestrating all the sound elements that are not dialogue in your film. Often this doesn't even include music, but focuses, rather, on sound effects, ambience, and other forms of sound texture. Because audio quality has been so limited for so long in theaters, many producers simply wouldn't budget much money for the art of sound design, figuring that it had to overlap with the dialogue recorder or score composers roles. THX and Dolby 7.1 and other high end sound options are now available, but most films never come close to taking advantage of their abilities because of how under-utilized sound design is.
Mr. Sonnenschein points out that if sound design were given the same time as designing the lighting and cinematographical look, huge amounts of money would be saved in the making of films and the films themselves would be much more psychological. As I read that, I thought of two excellent examples of that: the gunshot in American Beauty and the rape sequence in A Time to Kill. Both sequences would have been costly to shoot and would have lost much of their psychological impact if they had been shown rather than heard!
Sound Design is foremost written to people who are looking to get into it as a career or are the types of directors that want to be responsible for all of the signature essences of their film (known as 'auteurs').Read more ›
From the effects of mantras, ragas and the subconscious chantings of the american indians to voice overs, step by step guides on building sound designs, advice on how to conference with directors, the film industry and a whole range of practical and technical applications within the field - this is a truly comprehensive book. Written by a man with an obvious glut of knowledge and experience right accross the board.
If you are new to sound design get this book - it is easy to read, accessible and extremely informative. If, on the other hand, you are an experienced musician or sound designer get this book - you will learn things that you may not have even considered before and find the inspiration to try new things.
If you work or are interested in working in this field - I cant recomend it enough. Carry it with you on the train, have it handy in the studio, go to bed with it under your pillow !
Just get it.
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I feel like this book is meant more for someone who is interested in career sound design, not so much sound design itself. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am using this textbook for my Production Sound class at a school of higher education, where I teach. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lawrence Moore
Great book. Music and Sound design was one of the few areas I didn't cover in film school and I totally regret it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by GJ
I was required to purchase this textbook for a sound design class in a specialized film program at the University of Central Florida. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amber Norell