My throat's a little raw because I just came back from doing some random zombie sound fx. One of my better vocal performances. It's better that it's my throat that gets torn up rather than one of our actors'. We tacked that little bit of business onto the ADR session with the Abe Sapien of two worlds, Doug Jones.
ADR, Automated Dialogue Replacement, is a system for dubbing. The recording engineer pinpoints the frame where a mouth starts moving. The program then adds three beats. The actor starts performing on the fourth beat, the one that isn't there.
Some people are great at ADR, others can never get the timing. In this era of digital recording, performances can be compressed, stretched and edited but things sure go faster when the actor can hit his audio mark.
Doug is great at ADR. It can be tricky because you can't just perform. You have to perform within the existing timing and lip flaps. Today Doug replaced two sequences that were recorded by our David Hyde Pierce sound alike. What was great was hearing Abe gain personality. When he's surrounded by attacking mummies with rusty scythes Abe just doesn't call out to Liz, he has attitude! He's actually a little harsh about her reluctance to unleash her literal firepower. And it actually boosted the humor element of the scene.
When Abe tells a new agent that he's just made "the newbie face" you hear the extra teasing in his voice. It's hard to explain without playing actual clips but because Doug was not hindered by trying to imitate another actor, he could concentrate more on his performance to the benefit of Mr. Sapien.
Ironically, the stuff that took the longest today one syllable reactions that had to match up with existing dialogue. But it's always a good day when ADR brings more humor, drama and character to the movie and Doug managed all that today.
Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Peri Gilpin and Phil Lamarr are coming in Monday for their ADR sessions. They'll also be interviewed for the DVD. Doug escaped that today because he did an extra long interview already.
We could see footage from Blood and Iron as early as tomorrow! Overlapping productions are exciting but certainly stretch the definition of "fun." It's crazy. -- Tad