Preparing for the mix: sound effects editing 166
Aims Whether the project is a documentary that will be tracklaid and mixed in one studio session, or a feature that will have a complex tracklay carried out by a team of editors, the main aim of the sound fx editor is to create an audio landscape which draws the audience into the ‘reality’ created by the director and out of the environment in which they are actually viewing the film. Sound effects have a number of other functions within the soundtrack:
Sound effects can create the illusion of reality. Silent archive footage in a war documentary will be perceived differently with the addition of a few sound fx of machine-gun fire and explosions. A studio set will be less likely to be perceived as a set if the ‘world outside’ is suggested by street noise, children playing, etc., and the interior is suggested by room tones, fridge hums, etc.