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ADR Clip From Dogs Of Chinatown

January 7th, 2008 · 2 Comments

For the past couple of months I’ve been working with the cast of Dogs of Chinatown. Here is a rough clip of a scene with Bill Oberst and Tom Spano talking about the background of a Russian hitman they just contracted out to.

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  • 1 Rob // Jan 8, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Pretty good lip-sync. On the Internet so many clips are a bit out of sync it’s hard to know anyway.

    I’m curious why ADR was necessary on this scene. It looks like it could have been shot blue-screen on a stage. Was it shot on location or on a stage?

    I assume that more sound sweeting is to come. The sound is nice and clear but the “presents” doesn’t sound exactly right. It sounds indoors, not outdoors. I wish I knew how to fix this myself. I can hear it but I don’t know how to fix it. I guess the right EQ and reverb.

    I worked a week on a project that was shot right next to a freeway. Every line had to be ADRed. They ran out of budget so it was so bad it looked like a Hong Kong film.


  • 2 Andy Coon // Jan 8, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Hey Rob,

    We didn’t have the budget or the manpower to record on the set. We went into production with the idea of doing ADR for everything.

    That will never happen again.

    This scene was shot on a green screen in our studio, but the studio is not sound proof so we would’ve had to do ADR anyway.

    I’ve noticed some interesting things about how actors speak and how sometimes even when they nail the line it still doesn’t look right. It all has to do with how they move their mouth as they speak. Really weird. When you edit frame by frame you pick up a lot of small inconsitoncies that your average movie-goer would never catch.

    I’m feeling good about the ADR for Dogs and I feel confident that we can sweeten the audio more to give it a more realistic sound.

    If you have any tricks I’d love to hear about it.

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