Archive for May, 2011

ADR Appreciation Day

May 26th, 2011

Wilhelm Scream
Here’s a shout out – or should I say scream out – to all the ADR editors. No one wants to record ADR but it’s a fact of life with filmmaking. When it’s bad, it’s bad. When it’s good it saves the day which it does thousands of times in thousands of movies every day. And may become an inside joke, but I get ahead of myself.

The video below is about a particular ADR scream – the Wilhelm scream. It illustrates how far ADR recordists, actors, and editors will go to make sounds that render movies realistic so that we the audience accept and enjoy the story.

The Wilhelm scream has taken on a life of its own among filmmakers as this piece from Showtime shows. The last time I checked this 6 ½ minute video from had been watched over 440,150 times. It features director Joe Dante and is driven by Steve Lee, sound editor, wrangler, and librarian on major features. Listen, learn, and enjoy!

Editing practices, Sound & music editing, Technical & process

A sound book on audio with DVD

May 20th, 2011

I first spied Woody Woodhall as he stood in jeans, resilient after a day of operating Allied Post, an audio postproduction company in Santa Monica, CA he co-owns and runs with his wife Wendy Woodhall. He was introducing the night’s roster of speakers at Los Angeles Post Production Group (LAPPG) which they also run. In the course of the evening I told them about my recently published second book, Film Editing: Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know, and they told me about Woody’s book which debuted last August. So I am pleased to rave about Audio Production and Postproduction, which I have perused parts of thoroughly in updating my book, Cut by Cut: Editing Your Film or Video, due out sometime in 2012.

Sound is a fascinating and important art and the contribution of sound for film is immeasurable to the final project.

Woody Woodhall, C.A.S. from his book Audio Production and Postproduction

Audio Production and Postproduction In 15 chapters over 315 pages Woody lays down how to plan for, record, edit, and mix sound. He ought to know. A member of CAS (Cinema Audio Society, an honorary society of sound mixers akin to A.C.E.), Woody’s done it all. And he shares his knowledge in a down-to-earth way that clears a path for all those interested in working in audio to follow.

The book is designed as text book: a series of review and discussion questions, resources, and exercises close each chapter.

All of this is helpful for the independent and career filmmaker – sound creators of all experience levels – because the book is a thorough GPS, lasering in on the day-to-day audio practices as well as the technical and conceptual aspects. And it is thoroughly readable – I mean, the typeset is clear, the headings and photos “read” and the info is easy to take in.

Learn to hear the world around you and take the same care with the sound that you with the picture.

Woody Woodhall

Woody starts with a chapter on conceiving sound and threads design ideas and approaches throughout the book. I always find it fascinating to hear sound designers talk about the sonic worlds they create – all by studying the film or video they’re handed, listening, and translating the story into not just sound effects and pristine dialogue tracks, but a solid soundscape that supports and embodies the project. Woody’s book doesn’t disappoint in this area as he reviews what bad sound is and reveals how sound can enhance a picture and move the story and plot points forward.

Next, the book spends three chapters on the tools for recording sound detailing how they work them and how to use them on set and location. In subsequent chapters Woody applies the same rigor to describing DAWs, sound, music composing and editing, and dialogue editing, Foley and ADR recording and editing, and the mix and what it produces.  He also includes interviews with editors, case studies, and a few stories from the many audio jobs he’s had as a sound recordist and mixer (re-recordist).

The book comes with a CD which contains illustrations (diagrams and photos) and audio tracks for putting in your DAW and experimenting.

Check out Audio Production and Postproduction .

Editing practices, Jobs, Sound & music editing, Technical & process


May 16th, 2011

Let’s step away from time code, countdown leader, and other timings and let some of Hollywood’s best characters do the numbers. Enjoy this 9 and ½ minute collage of sound bites, er, number bites, 100 Movies, 100 Quotes, 100 Numbers by Alonzo Mosley, a 34-year-old librarian residing in Jacksonville, Florida.

Stump your friends! Test yourself. At least one pub in the UK runs this YouTube video as a quiz where contestants have to guess the movie used for each number. Have fun!

Fun & games and I are not affiliated with the Gael Chandler Filming website or in any way

May 8th, 2011

I learned a word recently that I wish did not apply to me: cybersquatting. This is when someone takes your old domain and uses your name and trade to their own benefit. Cybersquatting is illegal.


Before creating JoyofFilmEditing in 2009, I had created a website with my name: On January 29, 2011, a stranger in the Philippines bought the domain name from Internet.BS and set up a website titled Gael Chandler Filming. I do not know this person and have no knowledge of why he is doing this.

Taking action

I will be writing him a letter to cease and desist using my name and profession for his own ends. This is under a lawyer’s advice. I can file suit with ICAM (Identity, Credential and Access Management), the federal agency that handles these crimes. And it is a crime, according to the attorney. However, this filing requires $5K at a minimum; money I am not making from my books and should not have to spend.

The interloper is writing bogus articles – many of which don’t make sense and contain repeated, bolded key words – designed to drive up traffic to the site. Now, when you google my name, his comes up first – in three months! His aim is most likely to bilk me for money to reclaim the site which I will not do. When I wrote the domain holder – Internet.BS (aptly named I think), they’re attitude was “TS, you gave up the domain”. Yeah, but I created it and he’s using my name (with its unusual first name spelling) and profession: what honest person would do that?

OK, enough letting off steam. Please don’t patronize the site or Internet.BS. And spread the word. Thanks!


Woody’s Webinar on Audio Post Workflow on May 5

May 3rd, 2011

I met Woody and Wendy Woodhall at Los Angeles Post Production Group (LAPPG) a little over a year ago. They are a friendly, down-to-earth couple – “good people” who know the ways of Hollywood and have kept their souls and integrity afloat while running Allied Post, their own sound postproduction company. I’ll be blogging soon about Woody’s book Audio Production and Postproduction. Summary: A rave. Buy it! But first, I received this email announcing a free webinar Woody’s giving on Cinco de Mayo.

Dear Friends and Family,

On May 5th, before you pick up your margarita glass, be sure to tune into where Woody has been asked to present a webinar on “Audio Post Workflow for Video Editors.” If you catch it at 10 a.m. PDT it’s LIVE and FREE (1 p.m. east coast time).  (After that it will cost $25.)

Please forward to any friends, family, colleagues, etc. that you know who would be interested. This is an exciting new adventure and we’d love you to be a part of it!

Click here to register and see a sneak peek of what you will be learning at this incredibly informative webinar.

Thanks for your support!

Wendy Woodhall

Announcements, Editing practices, Sound & music editing, Technical & process