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It appears that sound engineers seem to be working less and less in the TV industry. Anyone who has watched TV next to my mum knows that being able to actually hear what is being said during a TV programme is important. During an episode of The Sopranos she once asked if a slick suited man who had just killed someone next to Newark Airport had said, after a solemn pause, “butter bean”. If my mother had really considered the context of the utterance she would surely have come to the realisation that the more likely candidate was “Badda-bing” (say it out loud in an Italian American accent).
The Sopranos, of course, did use sound recordists and this particular problem was with the hearing of the viewer, but for many productions the fault lies with the budgets that are given to the filmmakers.
Posted by proudblog on August 28th 2009 at 11.43am