Post Production Sound Vlog
- Posted on 24th January 2017
- in celebrity books, celebrity stories online, Entertainment, entertainment books, Film Post Production, Film Production, film production book, Hollywood books, Hollywood memoirs, New York City
- by Ben
Post production sound
is an unappreciated aspect of film production. In a recent blog post I wrote about my friend Stephaney Lloyd, the ADR coordinator on CBS’s The Equalizer. She knew I used to be an actor so in ‘86 or ‘87 when casting for some looping, she asked if I was interested. I reactivated my Screen Actors’ Guild membership and became a regular member of The Equalizer loop group.
The editors who worked on Equalizer also had other jobs on TV shows and movies so what started as an occasional gig evolved into a much more frequent source of both fun and income. I worked on several movies most of which I’ve forgotten. However there were some I’ll never forget. This vlog is about working with Martin Scorsese on Last Temptation of Christ.
Looping is done in a studio with the actors, dialogue or sound editor and engineer in a soundproof booth with a large glass window facing a screen upon which is projected a (usually black & white) work print, a repetitive loop (hence “looping”) of the scene(s) being rerecorded. When looping synchronous or inserted dialog, four seconds before the lines are to be spoken there is a series of three beeps with silence one second before the looping actor speaks. In the case of background chatter the scene is projected and the actors either improvise small talk or read lines provided by the production.
It’s unusual for the director to be at a looping session but this was an unusual movie and Mr. Scorsese is an unusual director. What I did was mainly screaming as nails were driven into hands on crosses plus a bit of moaning and grunting. Not JC’s of course. I don’t think he screamed. Marty was nice, friendly and demanding. I was hoarse for two days after this gig.
More tales of post production of all sorts will be found when you click here and get Circumstances Beyond My Control.