Following up on the topic of ADR...
Are there any situations where a voice shouldn't be recorded in the clearest possible way with the actor's mouth close to the mic? i.e. if the recorded ADR voice is going to be synced to someone in a tunnel, at the other end of an auditorium, or on the other side of a door and so on, should the voiceover ALWAYS be recorded as clearly into the mic as possible and be manipulated afterwards with filters? Or is it sometimes advantageous to record the voiceover with the actor standing farther away from the mic, or using some kind of a special tool during the ADR? If so, in what cases?
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08-24-2012 06:24 AM
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A convolution reverb applied during post can help take an ADR track recorded clean in studio and 'place' it in the environment of the scene.
08-24-2012 01:39 PM
OP you used ADR and VO to refer to the same thing in on sentence.
Or is it sometimes advantageous to record the voiceover with the actor standing farther away from the mic, or using some kind of a special tool during the ADR?
On the flip side I was getting really good results from going more "european". I don't give the actors picture anymore for ADR. With inexperienced actors they get all wrapped up in looking at themselves and the sync gets way off. I give them the line (from production) so they feel the pace and then have them repeat it. 90% of the time they get it better and faster. Some folks have no sense of rhythm so... But they generally also don't do well with picture either.
AND I would run a bunch of cable and shoot the ADR in a room that sounded like the one in the film. My studio was in the house so it was easy. And I would also run it outside and do external ADR. With a lap top you can even go "on location", which I did for one show.
This is NOT how the big boys do it. When everyone is making more than the post folks it's not cost effective. On a low budget film that is not a factor and you can save a lot of time.
The catch is that you really need the post person who KNOWS what the scene is going to sound like to be doing this, or at least in charge of it. It doesn't work if where you record doesn't sound like the scene. As a rule everybody but the poor post guy/gal hear what they want to hear so they will pick places that match... the script, what they think it should have sounded like, etc. You need the person who will get it to sound like it actually does.
The other catch with all ADR is you need to do a full sound post where ever you do ADR. That can be a problem for shows that didn't plan on doing a full audio post for any of the show. If you don't cover the ADR will sound naked and stick out. If the ADR is the only place you do full coverage then everything else will sound not quite finished and the ADR will stick out.
You might be able to dirty up the ADR enough to make it fit, to some extent you will always need to do some of that, but it's better if you are doing a full sound post on the whole film.
08-24-2012 01:50 PM
Yeah, the same goes for most effects. Get the cleanest sound then add the effects in post.The name is Ewan Lumsden