ADR / DUBBING WORKSHOP
Automated Dialogue Replacement (ADR or Dubbing) is the art of recording post-production dialogue where the voice matches the picture.
Dubbing can be used to:
• Rerecord on-screen dialogue with improved audio quality
• Voice dialogue in another language for new audiences
• Replace voice performances while matching the on-screen picture
We have all seen the old-school kung-fu movies where the audio dialogue is mistimed to the mouth movements! It is entertaining, however many projects require exact fit to mouth movements (or as we call them, flaps) to successfully break into a new market.
The process of ADR/Dubbing is creatively rewarding and labor intensive. Actors work with an engineer and a director to create a post-production performance line by line. Each line or vocal reaction is directed to breathe life into the character, suit the context of the story, achieve high quality audio capture and is ultimately tailored to fit the flaps for a convincing performance unity. Line by line, scene by scene and sequence by sequence, episodes are crafted one character at a time.
ADR is a very valuable skill set to have as a performer, however this is something that is rarely taught to performers. Many experienced screen actors are out of their element when having to recreate their previous performance energy in the setting of a recording studio. The skill of ADR recording is a specialized one. ADR is very targeted, detailed, exacting work. You aren’t nearly as free to create a performance as you are on set, but it must sound as natural and free as the original performance. Voice actors must make their vocal performance fit very specifically within a number of already locked down elements. These skills which, when mastered, can help a performer in the commercial, narration, animation and onscreen acting medias.
Experience recording at The Vault's ADR/Dubbing Workshop.
Performers have the opportunity to record an on-camera scene in our filming studio and then perform ADR line-by-line in the recording studio with an engineer and director. Participants will also get a taste of dubbing for animation; matching their voice to an animated character on screen.
The Vault Recording Studio has been involved in the ADR recording of 5 feature films this past year, including 3 tier A Toronto-shot features.