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Divergent Tracks: How Three Film Communities Revolutionized Digital Film Sound
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Divergent Tracks: How Three Film Communities Revolutionized Digital Film Sound (Hardback)

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By examining three case studies of award-winning soundtracks from cult films-Barton Fink (1991), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), and The English Patient (1996)-it becomes clear that major American film communities, when confronted with the initial technological changes of the 1990s, experienced similar challenges with the inelegant transition from analogue to digital. However, their cultural and structural labor differences governed different results.

Vanessa Ament, author of The Foley Grail (2009), rather than defining the 1990s as an era of technological determinism-a superficial reading-it is best understood as one in which sound professionals became more viable as artists, collaborated in sound design authorship, and influenced this digital transition to better accommodate their needs and desires in their work.

Film, TV & DramaFilms, cinemaFilm production: technical & background skillsFilm, TV & DramaFilms, cinemaFilm theory & criticismScience & MathematicsScience: general issuesImpact of science & technology on society Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc Publication Date: 25/02/2021 ISBN-13: 9781501359224  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Vanessa Theme Ament is the Endowed Chair of Telecommunications at Ball State University, USA. She has worked as a Foley artist on such films as Die Hard, and produced the documentary Amplified: A Conversation with Women in American Film Sound, and is the author of The Foley Grail (2nd edition, 2015).

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