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Film Industry Job Descriptions

Dialog Editor Job Description Template

Summary:

The dialogue editor collates, edits, and synchronizes recorded dialogue for a film, television show or video game. The dialogue editor is a specialized worker and falls into the broader category of sound editors. Dialogue editors take the audio tracks recorded on-set and clean them up with audio equipment. This entails balancing and equalizing the sounds to make each word as clear and crisp as desired. Tracks may be unusable if the on-set recording was poorly done, to such a degree the dialogue could be obscured by background noises. If this happens, the dialog editor re-records the tracks by bringing the actors to the studio and having them speak their lines while watching their performance. 

Responsibilities:

  • Build an Edit Master Record (EMR) of dialogue based on circle-take notes and the director’s input.
  • Review all recorded lines for clarity and quality issues; inform the recording engineer and production staff of any issues.
  • Review EMR and/or pick-ups with the director and other creative supervisors.
  • Distribute EMR and any revised EMRs to the relevant production staff members.
  • Make and maintain a library of alternate takes, additional lines and walla for future use.
  • Pre-spot episodes using the character library and host automated dialogue replacement (ADR) spotting sessions with the director and other creative supervisors.
  • Edit dialogue recorded for pickups and/or ADR.
  • Cut in ADR, ensure correct sync, and clean dialogue in preparation for mix.
  • Review episodes with the director and other creative supervisors once all dialogue is recorded and finalized, then distribute the episode to appropriate staff and post house(s).
  • Ensure timelines are routinely met and communicate the progress of work to supervisors and to the appropriate production staff.

Required Skills:

  • Previous experience working with third-party editorial teams.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Expert level knowledge on working in both OS X and Windows environments.
  • Strong communication and self-motivation are crucial.
  • Ability to work well within a team and handle stressful situations gracefully.
  • A willingness to learn in-house tools, software, and methods.
  • Robust knowledge of AVID Pro-Tools in a post-production working environment.
  • Coding or scripting experience is a great bonus.

Educational Requirements:

  • 5+ years’ experience editing dialogue
  • 4+ years’ experience recording ADR/VO

Equal Opportunity:

[Editing Studio Name] is an equal opportunity employer that values people of all backgrounds. [Editing Studio Name] makes employment decisions on the basis of qualifications, merit and business needs. [Editing Studio Name] is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at [company email or phone number].

Foley Artist Job Description Template

Summary:

The foley artist is responsible for creating and enhancing the middle-of-the-road and background sounds of a film during post-production. As dialogue is typically the only audio that’s properly captured while shooting, these sounds are recorded in-studio as the film is played, resulting in the sounds being perfectly synced with the picture. Using a variety of props, the foley artist is responsible for immersing the audience in the atmosphere of the film. 

Responsibilities:

  • Recreate various sounds to enhance audio quality and experience.
  • Use a variety of props to make various specific sounds.

Required Skills:

  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Strong hand-eye coordination.
  • The ability to come up with creative ways to reproduce a wide variety of sounds. 
  • A vast knowledge of audio production.
  • A robust knowledge of operating equipment.

Educational Requirements:

  • Previous experience in the arts is an asset.

Equal Opportunity:

[Sound Studio Name] is an equal opportunity employer that values people of all backgrounds. [Sound Studio Name] makes employment decisions on the basis of qualifications, merit and business needs. [Sound Studio Name] is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at [company email or phone number].

Music Editor Job Description Template

Summary:

The music editor works in close coordination with the music director, film director, or project manager to create high-quality productions. A key element of this role is understanding audio requirements while matching visuals and dialogue with the appropriate musical elements. Success in this role is demonstrated by providing an articulate and audibly pleasing final work.

Responsibilities:

  • Synchronizing the visual aspects of the project with music compositions
  • Following the direction of the director and other film executives.
  • Performing minor sound engineering-related activities.
  • Creating new music and editing existing sounds.
  • Staying updated with current musical and sound engineering trends and methods.
  • Compiling film soundtracks.

Required Skills:

  • Having a proficiency in music and video editing software.
  • Being meticulous and detail-oriented.
  • Being capable of easily identifying different notes and melodies.
  • Being a creative thinker.
  • Prior experience in music editing is preferable.
  • Having wonderful communication and coordination skills.

Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or diploma in Recording Arts or a related field.

Equal Opportunity:

[Audio Production Company Name] is an equal opportunity employer that values people of all backgrounds. [Audio Production Company Name] makes employment decisions on the basis of qualifications, merit and business needs. [Audio Production Company Name] is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at [company email or phone number].

Music Supervisor Music Job Description Template

Summary:

The music supervisor is the head of the music department on a film or television show, and the music supervisor selects and licenses music for the production. The music supervisor is responsible for all of the negotiations and licensing of music used, as well as meeting with directors and products to discuss the vision he or she has for the film/television show. 

Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring royalties are distributed.
  • Meeting with directors and producers.
  • Selecting, negotiating and licensing music.
  • Deciding which pre-existing musical pieces are to be used, how they are to be used, and what musical pieces need to be created originally for the film or television show.

Required Skills:

  • A deep and wide knowledge of the music industry.
  • A robust understanding of licensing and creative rights.
  • Strong social skills are critical.
  • Being comfortable with negotiating.
  • A strong sense of creativity.

Educational Requirements:

  • Diploma or degree in a music business or audio engineering program preferred, but not necessarily required.

Equal Opportunity:

[Audio Production Company Name] is an equal opportunity employer that values people of all backgrounds. [Audio Production Company Name] makes employment decisions on the basis of qualifications, merit and business needs. [Audio Production Company Name] is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at [company email or phone number].

Sound Supervisor (Supervising Sound Editor) Job Description Template

Summary:

Sound editors are responsible for assembling the overall sound design of a completed production. They are in charge of selecting, recording/re-recording, and piecing together the proper sounds to fit the edited footage. These elements include dialogue tracks, ADR (automated dialog replacement), foley,  and wild tracks (which consist of audio that’s meant to be in sync with the image but were recorded separately, such as narration, phone conversations, sounds of nature, traffic, or any ambient noise), pulling from expansive sound effects libraries, as well as any music used.

Responsibilities:

  • Editing, cleaning up or re-recording dialogue.
  • Adding sound effects to completed dialogue.
  • Sourcing sounds.
  • Working alongside the composer and music editor to work out the implementation of sound.

Required Skills:

  • Being comfortable with technology is critical.
  • Having a robust understanding of sound equipment and recording devices.
  • Various techniques to capture audio.

Educational Requirements:

  • A background or extensive training in audio is an asset.

Equal Opportunity:

[Audio Production Company Name] is an equal opportunity employer that values people of all backgrounds. [Audio Production Company Name] makes employment decisions on the basis of qualifications, merit and business needs. [Audio Production Company Name] is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at [company email or phone number].

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