July 2022 MBR The Theatre/Cinema/TV Shelf

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The Sound Effects Bible
Ric Viers
Michael Wiese Productions
12400 Ventura Blvd., #1111, Studio City, CA 91604
9781615932047, $34.95, Library Binding, 360pp


Synopsis: A complete and comprehensive instruction guide and 'how to' manual for recording and editing sound effects, "The Sound Effects Bible" by veteran sound engineer Ric Viers covers an impressive range of thematically appropriate topics and issues including microphone selection, field recorders, the ABCs of digital audio, understanding Digital Audio Workstations, building your own Foley stage, designing your own editing studio, and so much more.

Critique: Expertly written, impressively organized and thoroughly 'user friendly' in presentation, "The Sound Effects Bible" is essential reading, not only for cinematic film and video sound technicians, but the directors, actors, producers, editors, camera operators, and other crew members working with sound engineers whether in a studio setting or at an on-site location. While a fundamental and essential addition to personal, professional, film school, and academic library Video Direction & Production, Movie Direction & Production, and Performing Arts collections and supplemental curriculum studies lists, it should be noted that "The Sound Effects Bible" is also readily available in a paperback edition (9781932907483, $28.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $20.439).

Editorial Note: Ric Viers knows sound effects. His work appears on more sound effects products than anyone else on Earth! In 2015 he celebrated the release of his 666th sound effects library "Haunted FX" with 666 sound effects to wake the dead. He's started his own sound effects studio, written a book about the subject, and founded Blastwave FX - the world's first all HD sound effects publishing company. His location sound credits include hundreds of productions for nearly every major television network, Universal Studios, Dateline, Good Morning America, Disney, and many others.

There Are No Small Parts
John DiLeo
Glitterati Incorporated
9781943876907, $35.00


Libraries strong in media studies and film criticism need to be sure There Are No Small Parts: 100 Outstanding Film Performances with Screen Time of 10 Minutes or Less plays a major role in such collections. It represents film historian John DiLeo's seventh book on cinema, narrowing its focus to screen artists who have made strong impacts with scenes that were ten minutes or less in duration. There are numerous film criticism books on the market, but this emphasis on how to capture succinct moments that make a lasting impact on viewers is outstanding in its focus, representation, analysis, and contentions.

Film students receive a chronological survey that begins in 1935 with selected features that progress to modern times. Each film includes screen time, a profile of the actor who made the moment sparkle, and an analytical eye to revealing behind-the-scenes biographical details that contribute an understanding of the actor's background up to their memorable movie moment. This history proves essential in setting the stage not only for better understanding that stellar moment, but its importance in the actor's evolution and the industry's milieu. The entire survey takes the form of a blend of biographical and critical inspection that places each actor's roles and key moments in the broader perspective of their other achievements. These aren't succinct and short inspections, but examine the extent of influences that led to the actor's memorable moment, even if the other contributions were less than stellar or unextraordinary (some roles were unforgettable and some were not).

The result turns out to be more than biographical applause, but is a critical consideration of what makes and breaks an actor, their role, or a movie's plot. Film students, in particular, will find these engaging and engrossing discussions offer many insights about the film industry (and their actors) and how it evolved and grew.


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