What’s the Difference Between Sound Editing & Mixing?

Sound editing and sound mixing are two jobs that go hand in hand, but can be performed by different people with a different skill set/expertise, or the same person. The New York Times used the definitions in an article, “In layman’s terms, sound editing is about collecting the sounds needed for a film. Sound mixing … Read More

How to Get An Accurate Estimate for Post-Production Sound

If you’re a filmmaker or producer looking to get an estimate for post-production sound, there’s a number of questions you’ll need to be prepared to answer. (If you’re a sound person, these questions will help you put together a better estimate.) What’s the Schedule/Timeline? What’s the project about? Some genres generally take more work than … Read More

Post-Production Sound for Filmmakers: Frequently Asked Questions

Hiring/Bids When should I get a bid for post-production sound on my project? Either while you’re in editorial or after you’ve locked picture. Anyone giving you a fair bid will want to see some footage and get a sense for sound coverage and quality. Sound shouldn’t start working til picture is locked (unless there’s a … Read More

Making of a Film Score

In 2015 I worked on the score for Great Human Odyssey, an Emmy-nominated documentary series about the origins of humans and how we have survived climate change. The filmmaker, Niobe Thompson, put together a fantastic short about the process of recording the score with composer Darren Fung. (My cameo is around 3 minutes.) Why full … Read More

Audio Tools for Filmmakers

Audio is important throughout the filmmaking process. If you can catch and solve audio issues before you get to post, it means we (the post sound crew) can spend our time and your budget making your project sound badass in other ways. Technical problems can eat up the budget and take time away from things like … Read More

Common Audio AAF Issues With Premiere

Adobe Premiere Pro is known among sound editors and mixers to be problematic when receiving audio by AAF (or OMF). There’s bugs, features that aren’t compatible with the AAF/OMF formats, and very little information from Adobe about any of it. I’ll refer to two types of AAFs: “Embedded” and “link to source” (in Pro Tools terms); … Read More