Sound DesignMyths and Realities

Publication year: 2012
Source: Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound, 2012, Pages 263-290

David Lewis, Yewdall

 Summary: I always have had a love-hate relationship with the term “sound designer.” While it suggests someone with a serious mindset for the development of a soundtrack, it also rubs me the wrong way because so many misunderstand and misuse what “sound design” truly is, cheapening what it has been, what it should be, and what it could be. When they hear “soundtrack,” the vast majority of people think only of the music score. The general audience believes that almost all nonmusical sounds are actually recorded on the set when the film is shot. It does not occur to them that…