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George Cooper - Sound engineer (uncredited)
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This short on movie sound men starts with a short history of sound in the movies. We then see how the different jobs in the sound department contribute to the finished film. They start with the technicians, who record the original sounds, and end with the re-recording mixer who takes several different tracks and blends them into a single soundtrack. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Good Short
11 June 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Soundman, The (1950)

*** (out of 4)

Nice documentary short talks about the history of sound in film and the new techniques being used today (or 1950). This is a pretty good short as it does a nice job at showing exactly what a sound mixer and designer do. I'm sure everyone has heard of these terms or people when they watch the Oscars but these are probably the awards people go to the bathroom during or just simply tune out. We get some clips of early silent movies and the advances that Edison tries to make in order to get sound on film. We then flash forward to LIGHTS OF NEW YORK and IN OLD ARIZONA, which I just watched a few weeks ago. The short even points out a few of the scenes where the microphone was hidden. We also get to go inside a sound vault to see where they keep all the sound effects and how they are labeled and stored.


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