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Do you know that there is a ton of work that goes behind giving audio to every movie that you see? It is a huge task with a lot of different processes, repeated recording, syncing softwares and what not. Take this quiz to know how they give sound to a movie!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is a "mix stem"?

    • A.

      Term describing the buss outputs of a scoring console

    • B.

      It refers to an English style of post production workflow

    • C.

      It is to a soundtrack what a scene is to the script

    • D.

      A mixed subdivision of a full mix

    • E.

      Sound recorded on location

    Correct Answer
    D. A mixed subdivision of a full mix
    Explanation
    A "mix stem" refers to a mixed subdivision of a full mix. In other words, it is a portion of the final mix that focuses on specific elements or groups of elements, such as vocals, instruments, or effects. This allows for greater control and flexibility during the post-production process, as individual stems can be adjusted or processed separately from the rest of the mix.

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  • 2. 

    The process of changing the speed of audio recorded on set to sync with NTSC picture is called

    • A.

      Resolving

    • B.

      Pulldown

    • C.

      Knock down

    • D.

      Re-syncing

    • E.

      None of the Above

    Correct Answer
    B. Pulldown
    Explanation
    The process of changing the speed of audio recorded on set to sync with NTSC picture is called pulldown. Pulldown refers to the technique of converting film or video footage shot at 24 frames per second to the 30 frames per second required for NTSC broadcast. This involves duplicating frames in a specific pattern to create the illusion of smooth motion. By adjusting the speed of the audio to match the pulldown process, the audio and video can be synchronized properly.

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  • 3. 

    Why is room tone important?

    • A.

      So that no outside noise interferes with the recording

    • B.

      To maintain ambience continuity with the dialog recorded on location and ADR

    • C.

      You need pristine silence for soundtracks

    • D.

      So the Foley artist has a reference

    • E.

      Because the ADR needs to be non diegetic

    Correct Answer
    B. To maintain ambience continuity with the dialog recorded on location and ADR
    Explanation
    Room tone is important in order to maintain ambience continuity with the dialog recorded on location and ADR. This means that the room tone helps to create a consistent background sound that matches the environment where the dialogue was originally recorded. It ensures that there is a seamless transition between different audio sources and helps to create a more realistic and immersive audio experience for the audience.

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  • 4. 

    Who, of the following, is NOT present at the final sound mix:

    • A.

      Dialog editor

    • B.

      Production sound mixer

    • C.

      Film director

    • D.

      Supervising sound editor

    • E.

      Re-recording Mixer

    Correct Answer
    B. Production sound mixer
    Explanation
    The production sound mixer is not present at the final sound mix. The production sound mixer is responsible for capturing the audio on set during filming, but their role typically ends once the production phase is completed. The final sound mix is the stage where all the audio elements, including dialogue, music, and sound effects, are combined and balanced to create the final sound mix for the film. At this stage, the supervising sound editor and re-recording mixer are usually involved in the process to ensure the audio is mixed properly. The film director may also be present to provide input and make final decisions on the sound mix.

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  • 5. 

    ADR is sometimes referred to as

    • A.

      Looping

    • B.

      Automated Dialogue Replicator

    • C.

      Walla

    • D.

      Syncing tag

    • E.

      All the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Looping
    Explanation
    ADR stands for Automated Dialogue Replicator, which is a process used in film and television production to re-record or replace dialogue that was not properly recorded during filming. Looping, also known as ADR, allows actors to re-record their lines in a controlled environment, matching their lip movements to the on-screen footage. It is a common technique used to improve the audio quality and ensure that the dialogue is synchronized with the visuals. Therefore, the correct answer is "Looping".

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  • 6. 

    About how far away should the mic be when recording ADR?

    • A.

      6 inches

    • B.

      All up in your grill

    • C.

      Far enough away to squeeze in a pop filter

    • D.

      2-3 feet

    • E.

      Slightly off axis

    Correct Answer
    D. 2-3 feet
    Explanation
    The mic should be placed 2-3 feet away when recording ADR. This distance allows for capturing clean and clear audio while also reducing the risk of picking up unwanted background noise. Placing the mic too close may result in distorted or muffled sound, while placing it too far away may result in a loss of clarity. Therefore, positioning the mic at a moderate distance of 2-3 feet is ideal for achieving high-quality ADR recordings.

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  • 7. 

    At what stage do you put your final audio mix through an encoding process?

    • A.

      Printmaster

    • B.

      Back track

    • C.

      Layback

    • D.

      Laydown

    • E.

      Printout

    Correct Answer
    A. Printmaster
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "printmaster." In audio production, the printmaster stage refers to the final step before distributing or releasing the audio. During this stage, the audio mix is encoded into the desired format, such as MP3 or WAV, to ensure compatibility with various playback devices. This encoded file is then ready for distribution or further processing, such as mastering or duplication.

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  • 8. 

    What is the purpose of an "M&E Mix"?

    • A.

      To lower the overall levels for TV broadcast

    • B.

      To provide the director with alternate mix ideas

    • C.

      For distribution to the elderly or hard-of-hearing

    • D.

      To allow for easy foreign-language dubbing in international distribution

    • E.

      To allow for stereo playback on a two-channel system

    Correct Answer
    D. To allow for easy foreign-language dubbing in international distribution
    Explanation
    An "M&E Mix" stands for "Music and Effects Mix." This mix is created to allow for easy foreign-language dubbing in international distribution. By separating the dialogue, music, and sound effects into different tracks, it becomes easier to replace the dialogue track with a different language while keeping the original music and sound effects intact. This saves time and effort in the dubbing process and ensures consistency in the overall audio experience across different language versions of the content.

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  • 9. 

    Which of these encoding methods IS NOT a Dolby encoding?

    • A.

      ProLogic

    • B.

      AC-3

    • C.

      Dolby Digital

    • D.

      SDDS

    • E.

      LT/RT

    Correct Answer
    D. SDDS
    Explanation
    SDDS is not a Dolby encoding method. Dolby encoding methods include ProLogic, AC-3, Dolby Digital, and LT/RT. SDDS stands for Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, which is a different audio encoding technology developed by Sony.

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  • 10. 

    Which encoding method puts data between the perfs on a film print?

    • A.

      SDDS

    • B.

      Dolby SR

    • C.

      Dolby LtRt

    • D.

      DTS

    • E.

      Dolby Digital

    Correct Answer
    E. Dolby Digital
    Explanation
    Dolby Digital is the encoding method that puts data between the perfs on a film print.

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  • 11. 

    If you are editing sound effects for a scene, which category of effect would you likely use for a gunshot that occurs on screen?

    • A.

      Foley

    • B.

      Stereo effect

    • C.

      Stereo ambience

    • D.

      Mono effect

    • E.

      PFX

    Correct Answer
    D. Mono effect
    Explanation
    When editing sound effects for a scene, a gunshot that occurs on screen would likely be categorized as a "Mono effect." This is because a gunshot is a singular sound that typically originates from a specific point in space. Mono effects are designed to be heard through a single audio channel, making them ideal for creating a focused and directional sound source like a gunshot.

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  • 12. 

    What is the purpose of dialog editing?

    • A.

      Keeping room tone consistent

    • B.

      Removing extraneous noises

    • C.

      Replacing off-axis dialog with better sounding alternate takes

    • D.

      Separating production effects (PFX) from the dialog tracks

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above
    Explanation
    The purpose of dialog editing is to ensure the clarity and quality of the dialog in a film or audio production. This includes keeping room tone consistent, removing any extraneous noises that may have been captured during recording, replacing off-axis dialog with better sounding alternate takes, and separating production effects (PFX) from the dialog tracks. All of these tasks contribute to improving the overall sound and intelligibility of the dialog in the final product.

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  • 13. 

    What is the meeting called when the Supervising sound editor sits with the director and slowly goes over ideas about the movie?

    • A.

      Testing

    • B.

      Blocking

    • C.

      Final cut session

    • D.

      Spotting session

    • E.

      Cueing

    Correct Answer
    D. Spotting session
    Explanation
    A spotting session is a meeting where the Supervising sound editor and the director discuss and review ideas about the movie. They go over the specific moments in the film where sound effects, music, or dialogue should be added or enhanced. This session helps in determining the overall sound design and audio elements required for the movie.

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  • 14. 

    At which timecode would you find a two-pop?

    • A.

      02:00:01:00

    • B.

      01:00:08:00

    • C.

      00:59:58:00

    • D.

      02:00:10:00

    • E.

      04:00:09:00

    Correct Answer
    C. 00:59:58:00
    Explanation
    A two-pop is a brief audio signal that occurs two seconds before the start of a film or video. It is used as a synchronization reference for sound and picture. In this case, the correct answer is 00:59:58:00, as it is the timecode that is two seconds before the start of the video.

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  • 15. 

    What kind of sound is recorded on set during a shot, that should be split to its own track if possible?

    • A.

      Source music

    • B.

      Foley

    • C.

      PFX

    • D.

      Wild track

    • E.

      Footsteps

    Correct Answer
    C. PFX
    Explanation
    PFX stands for Production Sound Effects. These are the sounds that are recorded on set during a shot, such as doors opening, gunshots, or other environmental sounds. It is important to split PFX to its own track if possible because it allows for better control and manipulation of the sound during post-production. By separating PFX from other audio elements, such as dialogue or music, it becomes easier to adjust the levels and add additional effects if needed.

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  • 16. 

    What is the difference between film speed and NTSC speed?

    • A.

      4%

    • B.

      .1%

    • C.

      1%

    • D.

      48.048%

    • E.

      2%

    Correct Answer
    B. .1%
  • 17. 

    When sound and picture change simultaneously, this is an example of a

    • A.

      Jump away

    • B.

      Cut away

    • C.

      Split edit

    • D.

      Hard cut

    • E.

      Synchronicity

    Correct Answer
    D. Hard cut
    Explanation
    A hard cut refers to a sudden transition between two shots, where the sound and picture change simultaneously without any smooth transition or visual effects. It is a straightforward and abrupt change that creates a noticeable contrast between the two shots. This technique is commonly used to create a jarring or dramatic effect in film editing, emphasizing a specific moment or shifting the viewer's attention abruptly.

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  • 18. 

    A scene in a film depicts a car interior. The music playing on the car radio is an example of

    • A.

      Displaced diegetics

    • B.

      Diegetic music

    • C.

      Production music

    • D.

      Non diegetic sound

    • E.

      Sound fx

    Correct Answer
    B. Diegetic music
    Explanation
    Diegetic music refers to the music that is actually heard by the characters within the scene. In this case, the music playing on the car radio can be heard by the characters inside the car, making it an example of diegetic music. This type of music adds to the realism of the scene and helps to create a sense of immersion for the audience.

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  • 19. 

    On location the cinematographer and production sound mixer plot the movement of cameras, actors, and microphones. This rehearsal process is referred to as

    • A.

      Slating

    • B.

      Plotting

    • C.

      Spotting

    • D.

      Blocking

    • E.

      Planning

    Correct Answer
    D. Blocking
    Explanation
    The correct answer is blocking. Blocking refers to the process of planning and rehearsing the movement of cameras, actors, and microphones on location. It involves determining the positioning and timing of these elements in order to achieve the desired visual and audio composition for a scene.

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  • 20. 

    A "wild take" is

    • A.

      On a soundstage

    • B.

      Any kind of non-sync recording

    • C.

      Time code recorded in video signal

    • D.

      Time code for film

    • E.

      A type of edit

    Correct Answer
    B. Any kind of non-sync recording
    Explanation
    A "wild take" refers to any kind of non-sync recording. This means that the audio and video are not recorded simultaneously or in sync. This could be a recording where the audio is recorded separately from the video, or where the audio is recorded at a different time or location than the video. It is called a "wild take" because it is not synchronized with the visuals.

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  • 21. 

    The process used to transfer film to video is called

    • A.

      Pull-down

    • B.

      Telecine

    • C.

      EDL

    • D.

      Printmaster

    • E.

      Spotting

    Correct Answer
    B. Telecine
    Explanation
    Telecine is the correct answer because it refers to the process of transferring film footage onto video. This process involves projecting the film onto a video camera and capturing the images onto video tape. Telecine allows for the conversion of film to a more easily editable and distributable format.

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  • 22. 

    What is commonly used to make "footsteps on grass" sounds on a Foley stage

    • A.

      Egg shells

    • B.

      Furry slipper

    • C.

      Shredded cloth

    • D.

      Analog cassette tape

    • E.

      Fiberglass

    Correct Answer
    D. Analog cassette tape
    Explanation
    Analog cassette tape is commonly used to make "footsteps on grass" sounds on a Foley stage. This is because the tape can be manipulated to create the sound of footsteps crunching on grass. The tape can be twisted, crumpled, or stepped on to produce the desired effect. Its flexibility and ability to be easily manipulated make it a popular choice for creating realistic sound effects in the film industry.

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  • 23. 

    When doing ADR there is a series of beeps, and on the imaginary ____ beep is when the actor starts the line.

    • A.

      3rd

    • B.

      4th

    • C.

      5th

    • D.

      6th

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. 4th
    Explanation
    When doing ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement) in filmmaking, there is a series of beeps that help the actor synchronize their dialogue with the on-screen action. The actor starts speaking on the imaginary 4th beep. This indicates that the actor should begin their line right after the 4th beep sound, ensuring proper timing and synchronization with the scene.

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  • 24. 

    A prelap refers to

    • A.

      Another name for montage

    • B.

      A type of jump cut that only partially breaks continuity

    • C.

      A type of split edit where the picture fades in before the sound for the next scene

    • D.

      A type of edit where the sound comes in after the next scene

    • E.

      A type of edit where the sound of the next scene comes in before the picture cut

    Correct Answer
    E. A type of edit where the sound of the next scene comes in before the picture cut
    Explanation
    A prelap refers to a type of edit where the sound of the next scene comes in before the picture cut. This technique creates a sense of anticipation and can be used to smoothly transition between scenes by introducing the sound of the next scene before showing the visuals.

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  • 25. 

    The "Rustle Track" is recorded by the

    • A.

      Foley artist

    • B.

      Foley recordist

    • C.

      Production mixer

    • D.

      Re-Recording mixer

    • E.

      FX editor

    Correct Answer
    B. Foley recordist
    Explanation
    A Foley recordist is responsible for creating and recording sound effects that are synchronized with the visuals in a film or television show. They use various props and materials to recreate specific sounds, such as footsteps, clothing rustling, or object handling. In the context of the given question, the "Rustle Track" refers to a sound effect of rustling, which is typically created and recorded by a Foley recordist. The other options, such as the Foley artist, production mixer, re-recording mixer, and FX editor, may have different roles in sound production but are not specifically involved in creating and recording Foley sound effects.

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  • 26. 

    What is walla?

    • A.

      Another name for source music

    • B.

      When dialog drifts out of sync

    • C.

      Crowd looping

    • D.

      A type of edit

    • E.

      A type of film

    Correct Answer
    C. Crowd looping
    Explanation
    Walla refers to a technique used in filmmaking where a group of voice actors or extras create background crowd noise by simulating conversations or murmuring. This technique is known as crowd looping, where the recorded audio is looped and played in the background to create the illusion of a bustling crowd. Therefore, the correct answer is "crowd looping."

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  • 27. 

    The Foley Stage is used for what?

    • A.

      Greek production plays

    • B.

      A place where actors go to relax

    • C.

      The creation of sounds in sync with the picture

    • D.

      For Actors to replicate the lines that were incorrectly recorded on the set

    • E.

      None of the Above

    Correct Answer
    C. The creation of sounds in sync with the picture
    Explanation
    The Foley Stage is used for the creation of sounds in sync with the picture. This stage is specifically designed for sound effects artists, known as Foley artists, to recreate or enhance sounds that are synchronized with the visual elements of a film or television show. Foley artists use various props and materials to create realistic sound effects, such as footsteps, door slams, or the rustling of clothing. These sounds are then added to the final audio mix to enhance the overall viewing experience for the audience.

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  • 28. 

    When would you want to use a mono ambience instead of a stereo ambience?

    • A.

      To make a scene feel more real

    • B.

      To be able to pan it

    • C.

      When you don't have a stereo mic

    • D.

      It is easier to mix

    • E.

      None of the Above

    Correct Answer
    B. To be able to pan it
    Explanation
    Using a mono ambience instead of a stereo ambience allows for the ability to pan the sound. Panning refers to the technique of placing a sound in a specific position within the stereo field, creating a sense of movement and spatial placement for the listener. By using a mono ambience, the sound can be panned left or right, enhancing the immersive experience and adding depth to the scene.

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  • 29. 

    A Shotgun mic's pick up pattern is

    • A.

      Bi-directional

    • B.

      Hyper-cardioid

    • C.

      Omni

    • D.

      Cardioid

    • E.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Hyper-cardioid
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Hyper-cardioid. A hyper-cardioid microphone has a directional pick-up pattern that is narrower than a cardioid microphone. It is designed to pick up sound primarily from the front and reject sound from the sides and rear. This makes it ideal for recording audio in noisy environments or when you want to isolate a specific sound source.

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  • 30. 

    A mic is hung over a film scene by a

    • A.

      Sonic

    • B.

      Bang

    • C.

      Crash

    • D.

      Boom

    • E.

      Shazam

    Correct Answer
    D. Boom
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "boom" because "boom" is a commonly used onomatopoeic word to describe a loud sound, particularly the sound of an explosion or a loud impact. In the context of the question, a mic being hung over a film scene, the word "boom" suggests that the mic is being positioned or suspended using a boom pole, which is a long pole that allows the mic to be placed closer to the actors or the action while remaining out of the frame.

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