Wednesday, August 9, 2006

The Oath of Desormeau in the Studio

Some pictures from the studio:
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Though most of the editing for the film was done at my home, all editing done since June took place in this room, where we also did Color Correction, ADR, Foley, and Mixing. We projected the film onto the screen so the actors could see it for ADR. Also, having such a large image made it easier to discern if the re-recorded dialogue matched the movement of the actors' lips.
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My lovely wife, Kristina Ramsey, (Helene Desormeau) finishes up her ADR. Most of the ADR was done with the repetition technique. I would play the line for the actors, and they would repeat it immediately afterward. This proved to be the most effective way to capture both synchronization and emotion. Towards the end of the process, for lengthy, difficult lines, the actors would say the line at the same time as their previously-filmed selves. I would set up three beeps to cue them so that they would start the line at the correct time.
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David Attebury (Julien Desormeau) finishes his last session of ADR -although he did have to come back later and say one more line. FYI: "Because I am not worthy of such a blessing" was the last line to be re-recorded in the film.
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Elizabeth Doster in a Foley experiment. She's walking on Chex-Mix. Don't listen for it in the film. We never found a place to use it.
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We also have video footage of our ADR, Foley Sessions which we intend to put on the DVD.

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