|What is the best word
for 'the sound of a film'?
I think the word soundtrack is sort of OK, but it could also suggest the music CD. What is the best word?
Only people who work in the film industry break down the sound of a film into dialogue + music + effects + foley. When I used to tell people that "I do soundtracks for films," their invariable response was, "Oh, are you a composer?" You are right in assuming that 'soundtrack' means 'music' to the general public. My current response is "I do sound for films" or "I'm responsible for the way a film sounds." This usually opens up a discussion of what film sound is.
Looking to the picture for
direction is helpful. The closest word used to describe 'the look of
a film' is perhaps 'the visuals'. I don't see anything wrong with using
'the sound of a film' or 'the sound' or 'film sound' to describe the
sound of a film.
Edited excerpt from CAS webboard (message thread: I'm looking for a word..)
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