Scream 4 “Almost There” Says Craven

Scream 4 is chugging along quite nicely, with Wes Craven today popping up on Twitter to announce “Doing ADR for #SCREAM4 today.” One actor involved that we know of was Marielle Jaffe, confirming her happy attendance via Facebook.

Craven also offered a link to explain the ADR – or automated/additional dialogue recording – process. Excerpt below:

Dialog that cannot be salvaged from production tracks must be re-recorded in a process called looping or ADR. Looping originally involved recording an actor who spoke lines in sync to “loops” of the image which were played over and over along with matching lengths of recording tape. ADR, though faster, is still painstaking work.

An actor watches the image repeatedly while listening to the original production track on headphones as a guide. The actor then re-performs each line to match the wording and lip movements. Actors vary in their ability to achieve sync and to recapture the emotional tone of their performance.

ADR is usually considered a necessary evil but there are moments when looping can be used not just for technical reasons but to add new character or interpretation to a shot. Just by altering a few key words or phrases an actor can change the emotional bent on a scene.

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10 Responses to “ Scream 4 “Almost There” Says Craven ”

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  1. cool like thats amazing…hehe like in scream where gale told kenny she’ll be back but her lips say keep watching hehe lol..

  2. Thanks for the link Professor Craven. So cute of him to offer a link explaining ADR to his followers.

  3. Exactly. Since the scene of Gale leaving the news van to walk with Dewey was placed right after Randy’s warning that one should never say “I’ll be right back” — it made sense to have her tell Kenny “I’ll be right back” instead of whatever she originally recorded on the set. So they looped in the new phrase, bu the mouth doesn’t match. Maybe they can CGI her lips for the eventual blu-ray release.

  4. Also in Scream when Dewey gets stabbed, Sidney says Dewey but her lips say no. :p

  5. i hate when movies do dis and seems soo fake like HOUSE OF WAX i saw them doing it on there show they had on MTV lol and Pairs Hilton

  6. Also in scream, near the end, when gale is driving with kenny on the windshield she yells “get off my fucking windshield” but her lips don’t move. It always stumped me until now haha

  7. I loooooveeee the last half of the original Scream. It’s sooooo I don’t know. Can’t explain it.

  8. I always heard “kenny get off my fucking ____.” I always assumed it was a type of car or van lol until I put the subtitles on, it just was the only thing that wasn’t said slow enough to understand.

  9. And it wouldn’t really make sense for Gail to say “Keep watching” with Dewey right there he’d be like, “watching what?” haha I think they had two reasons for changing that one. :)

  10. I always understood her.

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