ADR stands for Automatic Dialogue Replacement and that’s what we started doing this morning…(another term for it is looping). What is it? Well, for instance, when Buss finds Mickey in the skateboard park there are loads of other kids in the background hanging out but we can’t hear their voices. All we recorded on the day was the sound of Buss and Mickey talking – everyone else was miming so that we would get a clean sound track. Today we had a room full of young actors going through every scene in the movie putting words into the mouths of those folk in the background. Andrea, our ADR lady, had made a note of every shot in the movie which needed ADR and given cues to the sound guys who placed three beeps (the countdown to start talking) before every scene that needs this background chatter…which is also called WALLAH.
Meanwhile I’ve been watching the on-line take place. Now picture is locked we have taken the off-line (the edit which is inside the computer) into the video editing bay and we are matching every picture in the off-line with the perfect quality pictures you will see on your screens in just a few weeks. As each reel has been completed I’ve taken it across town to a small dark room in Santa Monica where Marc (the DP who shot the movie for us in Canada) and I have graded the movie picture by picture. Actually that’s a huge fib. Marc & I sit in the back and watch while Brian (the bass player in Doug’s band Pegasus) twiddles the knobs so that Chad’s close up matches his wide shot.
And at last 2gether have a web site! Just four months after we first suggested it I found it on the MTV web-page today.