Additional Dialogue Replacement for TV Show

You might or might not have heard of the term ADR, but you should.

Basically, ADR means Additional Dialogue Replacement and I have had to do this a couple of times, and there’s a possibility I might be brought into the studio to do it again soon.

Basically, what happened was I was working on the television series “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” and I was a doctor.

We shot the scene, and maybe about four days before it was about to air, I got a phone call from the producers saying that I needed to come into the studio and do an ADR.

Basically, what had happened was, just on a little side note, it’s easy to feel paranoid. It’s easy to think “Oh, my god! They hated my read.

They didn’t like what I did as an actor.” What happened was, during my scene, there were some extras in the background who were talking and I guess the sound person didn’t pick it up clearly enough or he thought that he would be able to get rid of the talking in the background and they couldn’t.

So they needed me to come into the studio and do a clean read of it. So, what happens is…it’s really, it’s pretty cool.

There’s a huge monitor, you’ve got the copy, the words on a little table or stand and as soon as you are about to say your lines, you’ve got to have the words ready and you say them so that it looks like you’re really saying them. It’s coming out of your mouth while the TV show, while the film you’re watching is running. So it takes a little bit of practice.

Fortunately, I was very familiar with my lines. I remember the pacing of it and the styling of it. So I got it pretty quickly but it’s really…it’s a really neat experience. Hopefully, you’ll get a chance to do that at some point.