There are many components for making a box office hit movie. You need the best actors in the industry, talented producers, creative directors, and last but not least music. Sometimes, the soundtrack for a movie is the most anticipated album release for music fans. Music soundtracks can increase a movie’s ratings from good to great. Another similar music feature that enhances a movie is the sound editing and mixing. It is recording music or sound effects for movies and television.
The eighty second Academy Awards were last night and Oscars were given to the best actors, actresses, movie soundtracks, best movie of the year, and there is an even award for best sound editing and sound mixing. It is such an important aspect of a movie, and sound editors are incredibly skilled and creative. They can make an explosion scene rattle your home or theater or make prehistoric animals come to life on an animated movie for example. How can you create sound for a dinosaur walking when there aren’t any real recordings? How can you create ocean sounds on the set of a fake beach? These are some of the tasks a sound editor has to accomplish.
Sound editing and mixing has to be done together to be effective and sound good. Sound editors have to create sounds and sound effects that can then be mixed onto the correct places in a movie. Sound editors create the sounds and sound mixers place them in the film. The difference between the two is production and placement. Sound mixers also have the task of finding the best songs for a certain mood or ambience. Movie soundtracks don’t include the sound effects, such as explosions, beach noises, walking, etc.; they are a compilation of songs used in a movie. Some soundtracks have pre-recorded songs and others ask musicians to write a song specifically for the movie.
It has become a popular trend for musicians to cross over and also act in movies as well. A lot of musicians that act in films also help to produce the soundtracks. Christina Aguilera’s career started to take off when she recording a song made for the Disney movie Mulan. Some bands or singers that aren’t well known can become house hold names if they are chosen to be on a soundtrack. The songs that are chosen have the ability to affect the tone of the movie and add emotional value and recognition for the audience.
Sound editing and mixing adds inherent value to a movie and have to be done precisely and require a lot of thought, planning, and creativity. It is a great job to have on a movie set and the audience gets a lot from the effects and soundtracks.
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