Anatomy of an ADR

Doncha love acronyms?  Personally, they drive me nuts.  People throw ‘em around like you’re supposed to know what they mean.  It’s almost snobbish sometimes.

Like ADR.

ADR? – American Depositary Receipt

ADR? – Alternative Dispute Resolution

Wrong!  For the purposes of THIS blog, ADR stands for Automated (or Automatic) Dialogue Replacement — also known as “looping”, and constitutes a lucrative and fun VO niche if you can get it (psst…it helps to live in LA!).

According to Wikipedia, ADR is “… the process of re-recording the original dialogue after filming for the purpose of obtaining a cleaner, more intelligible dialogue track.  ADR is also used to change the original lines recorded on set in order to clarify context, or to improve the actor’s diction and timing.”

The Wikipedia article goes on to say (and this is the good part for us VO’s): Sometimes, a different actor is used from the original actor on set.”

Considering all that, the video you’re about to watch is maybe not PURE ADR.  It’s more like narration.  But it’s a great video for seeing how the whole VO process works, and besides, I LOOOOOVE  Brenda Strong’s voice.  She plays Mary Alice in Desperate Housewives.

Some day…some day.


Caring is Cool

VO pro and friend Donovan Corneetz brands himself as “The Voice of Cool”. 

It really works for him, and his VO career, which got started at about the same time as mine on the VO-BB is taking off in all sorts of productive directions.

But the video below is not would you would think of as the mystique of “cool”.  Instead, it’s a story of someone else’s success…millions of miles away.  Donovan says about this video he voiced:  “In Cambodia a local NGO -called CDMD- strives for an inclusive, barrier-free and rights-based society for people with disabilities. Active in five provinces, they reach almost four million Cambodians. Of whom more than 180,000 have a disability. These are four wonderful stories of success.”

While watching, take a listen to Donovan’s smooth take on this copy. 
Nicely done, Donovan!


CDMD – Everyone Matters – Original video