First Time Recording ADR

Murder, romance, shadows! Its film noir!

I just wrapped up filming a short film through New York Film Academy entitled, Mad Honeys, by the wonderful Sukriti Chaudhari. It was a great script and I'm so honored to have been able to play a lead role in this production. This was a whirlwind filming schedule, complete with the always exciting location cancellation. I was amazed at how the group pulled together and got everything done. People creating art together always amaze me with their perseverance. 

I also got my first experience recording ADR. Which was both intriguing and incredibly difficult. 

For anyone who is unfamiliar with ADR, this stands for Automatic Dialog Replacement, which essentially means that the dialog shot on set is unsalvageable and the vocal track needs to be replaced for clarity. 

This was about 100 times harder than I expected it to be, as I had to record ADR for 70 percent of the film. I realized that my battle was not to recreate my acting moments, but to make my voice and expression match what I had already done. As this was my first lead role in a film, I was very inexperienced in the realm of watching myself on playback and being able to maintain the emotion of the moment while concentrating on making my mouth mimic the pattern on the screen. I also found it slightly difficult to turn off the part of my brain that was making evaluations of my own performance as I was going along as that was counterproductive to my efforts. I also found hearing my previous performance at the same time I was trying to record audio a lot more confusing since I would think I was matching my tone, but I was really just hearing my past performance over my current speech patterns.

I'm sure that with experience this is the type of thing that gets easier, but I'm certainly going to look into ways to make this process run more smoothly for myself while maintaining the level of performance I would like to keep whether on set or in post. Another thing I've learned is always double the amount of time you expect something to take if you are a novice at it. 

This shoot was an amazing learning experience and I am so looking forward to working more in film. I have a lot of projects I'm working on for the upcoming year and I am so excited to apply everything I've been learning from practical on set experience as well as tips from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. If you haven't listened to that I highly recommend it for anyone looking to get involved in film. 

Thanks for reading and keep checking back for more updates and experiences!

xoxo Gabrielle