Being there: the creative use of location and post-production sound in documentaries
MARTIN, JEAN (2010) Being there: the creative use of location and post-production sound in documentaries In: de Jong, Wilma, Rothwell, Jerry and Knudsen, Erik, eds. Creative documentary: theory and practice. Pearson, London, UK, pp. 287-304.
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The chapter focuses on location sound recording and postproduction approaches in documentary film making. Location sound recording is analytical in the sense, that it isolates sounds important for a film from the general ambience. Postproduction sound is synthetic, because it re-synthesizes the particular location sound recordings into a full sonic environment, which creates the audiovisual reality of the film for the viewer. There appears to be a wide gulf between theories of film sound and its practice by professionals. This chapter starts by providing some theoretical context however most of it explores and explaines the practice of documentary film sound. Detailed technical and operational questions are not discussed here, because they are comprehensively explored in specialised books and on websites.
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