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Music Editing for Film and Television by Steven Saltzman

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Chapter 5

Editing Songs and Source Music

 

 

5.1 SONGS IN MOVIES

Songs have been a big part of the movie-making process ever since the beginning of “talkies,” with Al Jolson singing “My Mammy” in The Jazz Singer (1927)—a prime example of an on-camera featured song in a movie. Songs have always been an important part of entertainment, and their attraction, interest, and “pull” for an audience mean a unique connection has been forged between songs and movies. The emotional connection between the film’s visual storytelling power and the magic of music and lyrics is cherished as an art form and valued as a powerful moneymaker. The music supervisor, music editor, film editor, and director are all intrinsically involved in nurturing this emotional ...

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