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ADR V Location dialogue

Has anyone done an ADR session only to discover that the actor is unable to reproduce the tone of voice he had during the shoot? It's not a performance issue but we shot the film in the summer and it's now winter and the tone of his voice has changed. It's a nightmare for the sound mixer.

  • I've even noticed it in big Hollywood numbers! One line doesn't ruin a film though, if people complain about it, you have other, bigger problems :-/

    5 months ago
    • Yeah, I go along with that. The storytelling should be strong enough to override it. It's just that ultra-low budget films are expected to have quite a few technical flaws and I don't want our film to be that obvious.

      5 months ago
  • I do location recording as well as post and it's one of the things that a really good actor, in full control of their 'instrument' can do surprisingly well. But there are so many factors on top of that that can confuse the issue - using the same mic with the same placement as the shoot, matching the reverb etc. One thing that seems to get overlooked a lot with ADR is the projection - once in a sound-proofed studio, a lot of more inexperienced actors tend to reduce their energy compared to the shoot when they had to reach a listener the other side of the room and over background noise etc.
    All the more reason to capture the performances properly at the shoot of course. There's so much ADR in mainstream Hollywood and although a lot of people don't notice, they still feel there's something fake going on even if they don't know what exactly and the suspension of disbelief is broken.

    5 months ago
    • Thanks, Guy. Our project is ultra-low-budget and so it's pretty much dialogue-driven. I think our Sound recordist did a great job but locations in London are really very noisy.

      5 months ago
  • Hi Davina, I might be able to help you as I have a lot of experience matching voices. I can take an eq fingerprint and apply it. Also I have very good convolution reverbs and noise reduction software. It is sometimes a case of altering the original too. If you want to send me a QuickTime and audio stems I could give you an assessment. Guy’s point about performance is crucial Matt

    5 months ago
    • Thanks, Matt. I might take you up on your offer. At the moment, we've decided to ADR the entirety of the two scenes to resolve the consistency issue.

      5 months ago