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The Filmmaker's Book of the Dead by Danny Draven

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CHAPTER 11THE SOUND OF HORROR FILMS

“Listen to them, the children of the night. what sweet music they make.”

—DRACULA FROM BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA (1992)

Up to this point you have spent a considerable amount of effort on the visual aspects of your movie, but now it’s time to shape the audio landscape and give the film a soundtrack worth listening to. On large-budget films, you may have a team of people working on the sound simultaneously for any given production; this includes dialog editors, sound effects editors, Foley artists, and mixing and recording engineers. On the indie level, there is usually one small company or a single person doing all the sound work. It doesn’t matter if you have a team of people or not, the basic work that needs ...

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