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How Sound Editor Ai-Ling Lee Creates Immersive Soundscapes for Movies

Her résumé includes First Man, La La Land, Jojo Rabbit, and dozens of other movies.

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Episode Notes

This week, host Isaac Butler talks to Ai-Ling Lee, a movie sound editor whose long résumé includes the critically acclaimed films First Man, La La Land, and Jojo Rabbit. In the interview, Lee explains what a sound editor does and how it’s different from the work of a sound mixer. Then she delves into the many creative decisions that go into crafting an immersive soundscape for movies.

After the interview, Isaac and co-host Karen Han discuss Lee’s early career strategy of cold-calling people in the movie business.

In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Lee explains how technological advancements have changed the way she works.

Send your questions about creativity and any other feedback to working@slate.com or give us a call at (304) 933-9675.

Podcast production by Cameron Drews.

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