Author: John Purcell

John Purcell

Emmy recipient John Purcell has over 30 years of varied studio experience in picture and sound. He has edited projects ranging from documentaries and concerts, to presidential campaigns and television series, to feature films and classical albums. On top of editing dialogue for movies, he writes training programs for audio engineers, and teaches at film schools in the Middle East and in Latin America.

Posts by John Purcell:


Shot Transitions When Editing Dialogue Tracks: Basic Rules of Thumb


Moving smoothly from shot to shot is what makes a scene believable. Managing noise is what makes a scene bearable. Keeping processing to a minimum is what makes a scene natural. Balance these competing interests and a scene will work. There are a few overarching principles that are common to all edits from one shot…


Dialogue Editing – Where to Edit


By necessity, editing dialogue involves making splices. You must get from this shot to the next—where do you jump? By far the most common place to move between clips is in the space between them. This allows for a natural transfer of energy from one source to another (see below), and it usually works. Longer…


Dialogue Editing – The Trouble with Digital Picture


In theory, a picture file in a computer will flawlessly sync with a DAW session playing from the same computer. Sometimes it does. Other times, picture or sound will be systematically delayed. Or sync may be spot on one time you hit play, and soft the next. Or worst of all, sound and image may…

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