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Chapter Seven. Cutting the Track

Chapter Seven. Cutting the Track

Do you remember The Blair Witch Project? I bet while you were watching it you thought, “I can do that!” As far as script and photography go, you probably could. But what you may not realize is that before it was released to your local theater, the distributor probably spent close to ten times the entire production budget on a new sound mix. Without excellent sound, no one would have been able to sit through it.

Even if modern audiences are learning to tolerate lower visual quality (as illustrated by the success of films like The Blair Witch Project, with all that miserable hand-held, low-resolution video footage), they show far less tolerance for a soundtrack that falls short of the highest production values. (Maybe it's those THX trailers movie theaters run to demonstrate how good the sound system is.) Without exception, ultra-low-budget films like Blair Witch or El Mariachi need to have their tracks heavily cleaned up and remixed before showing up at your local theater.


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