Spotting the Picture for Sound and Music

Publication year: 2012
Source: Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound, 2012, Pages 183-190

David Lewis, Yewdall

 Summary: Spotting sessions are extremely important in the ongoing quest to produce the requisite desired final soundtrack. They present an opportunity for the director to mind-meld with the music composer and the supervising sound editor(s) on the desired style and scope of work in a precise sequence-by-sequence, often cue-by-cue, discussion. The various functions (music, sound effects, and dialog/ADR) have their own separate spotting sessions with the director, allowing concentration on each process without thinking of or dealing with all other processes at the same time. During this time, the music composer and supervising sound editor(s) run through reels in a leisurely…