What is Additional Dialogue Recording or Replacement

For those of you who have been following me for a while, normally you don’t see me dressed quite like this, with a suit and tie. Normally its Jeans, T shirts, sweatshirts, vest in the winter, fleeces but, I just came back from auditioning for an HBO television series and I was playing a Staffer in the White House.

So, I had to look a little bit different and I wanted to get this information to you as soon as possible, so as soon as I got home, I started working on this.

I had mentioned in a recent video blog about ADR. This stands for Additional Dialogue Replacement or Additional Dialogue Recording.  There are talent who get hired to do ADR work. They need to record background noises, people talking on the street, people talking in a bar and sometimes they need to record a line for somebody who is not scene on camera.

Or, sometimes they need to replace a line that was recorded by an actor. This can happen for a variety of reasons.  Most of the time there are some technical issues. Perhaps on the set the actor was not recorded cleanly. That is what happened to me.  I was working as Doctor Steven Leopold on the NBC television series, “Do no Harm.”

The scene I had to re-record in the studio was from a scene that was shot in a large ball room. I guess the sound person did not hear all of the background noise happening during my scene. So, I went to the recording studio in Universal Studios in L.A. to redo a couple of lines. By re-recording my lines, they were able to have a very clean track with no other background noise.

Here is what took place in the studio.

I walked into the studio and was handed a print out of my lines. I placed them on a music stand by my microphone. There was a huge monitor in front of me that allowed me to see the scene. The difficult part of doing ADR work is to be able to make your words sounds like they are coming from your mouth at the exact and correct time.

So, here’s the trick. You’ve got a head set on and in the headset you will hear a series of three beeps, so it will go beep, beep, beep and then where the fourth beep should take place, which is silent, that’s where you start your line and as long as you get that timing down, you will have it perfectly in synch with the way that your mouth is moving.

Because today’s technology is so great, even if it’s off just a little bit, they can always fix it digitally. Fortunately, I did it in one take. Then the producer asked me to try it a couple of other ways, a little bit softer, a little bit louder. Then I was asked to do some wild track sounds. I needed to react when somebody else was giving a talk.

You would not see me, but they wanted to hear me react verbally to other people giving speeches. I was told they wanted it just in case it was needed.

So, it was a great experience and the entire session went very quickly.