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January 2013, Week 4


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"Frank, Michael" <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 21 Jan 2013 19:28:59 +0000
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with the usual apologies for duplication

perhaps someone conversant with the technical side of filmmaking can address this:

according to the PR for the new hooper "Les Miz," one of the distinguishing features of this film is that the singing was recorded live, that the performers sang as they acted their roles and that what we see is a record of that singing, even though the orchestral background [and presumably many sound effects and ambient noises] were added in post-production . . .

yet in many of the song sequences there were cuts in mid song and even mid phrase, cuts that clearly required very different camera set-ups . . . . one would expect that at such points in the visual track there would have to be a new start in the audio track as well, and yet in the audio track the sound, sometimes a single note, continued seamlessly from shot to shot . . . is there some way this can be done without post-dubbing??  . . .  [i realize that this problem can be avoided by using multiple cameras, as is the practice in telecasts of live opera productions . . .  but the visual evidence of this film makes it highly unlikely that that was the case here]

i'm guessing that the singers actually sang "live," but that during post-production the sound track was doctored to create a seamlessness that -- i surmise -- would have been impossible if the actor/singer were required to start the phrase again from the point that the previous shot ended . . . which, in short, means that what we hear on the sound track is not an accurate representation of what the undoctored singing was like 



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