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    Default What can I do about this audio/post-production problem?

    For a film school assignment, the school assigns a student from the audio engineering class, to record on location audio, as well as do the post production audio after.

    The audio student recorded all of the audio for me, on set, and now that we were in post production we have to do some ADR which was understandable, but he wants to redo all of it. That's quite a bit. Basically a lot of it was recorded too quiet and you have to turn the speakers literally all the way up just to hear it, accompanied by a lot of the noise floor.

    We brought in one of the actors to redo his (he had a small part), and it went well. Then we brought in one of the main actors but it didn't go well cause for some reason the reference video kept screwing up in pro tools. We have been working with in pro tools for two days, and it worked well at first, but then it kept pausing when it was playing and wouldn't work after we brought in the second actor, after the first session went so well prior.

    I don't want to have to ask one of the two lead actors to come in again, and feel that maybe we should just live with the noise floor and cut our losses. I mean the actor already agreed to do one reshoot cause of bad weather, and now I have to ask him to come in do ADR for the entire thing, like the audio student asked me to?

    But it's also hard to schedule with actors cause the other student works a lot, and the studio we have is often booked in advance. But at the same time, the audio student has marks to earn on the assignment as well, and don't want to have him fail, his part of the assignment, so maybe i should ask the actor to come back again, even after one reshoot, and after the pro tools wouldn't play back the reference video properly?

    Or maybe we should just cut our losses and live with the noise high noise floor, and try to cut it out as much as we can and be done with it, and just put that on the audio student? What do you think?

    Also, cause of the assignment schedule, we had to have our movies picture locked before doing ADR, and that might be a problem cause I chose a lot of close ups shots, where as if I knew the ADR was going to go so bad, maybe I should have chosen master shots for the parts with bad audio, to make ADR easier, which is pretty much the majority of it the sound being bad.

    However, do you think that maybe close ups shots at key moments in the movie are important and I should let poor audio get in the way of the artistic vision, shot and editing wise?

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    ASK HIM. Seriously, this is not nearly as complicated as you're making it. Ask him if he can do it. If he can, great. If not, do your best to work around it.

    Check out my blog on my experiences as an indie screenwriter and producier:
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    Also, there are multiple noise reduction software packages designed to clean up audio. The standout is iZotope's RX

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    Nobody ever died of asking.

    You need to stop assuming and start asking in real life.
    It's not that you don't know what a question is: you ask everything in here. :-p


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    That's true. I asked him and he said he can try to fit it in, but the student who knows pro tools in order to do the ADR is not very available so I am going to ask the teacher what to do in that case.

    And thanks for the suggestion on iZotope's RX. I mentioned it to the audio student but he said he wouldn't have time to learn it with the time he has to complete the assignment and with all the rest of the things that need to be done on his end. He says the actor must come in and that's the only way, but at the same time, he doesn't have time in his schedule to fit it in, so I am not sure what to do therefore.

    As for the ADR, I was able to do it some of it, but not all, since we would not have enough time to ADR the whole movie before it's due, but the problem with the ADR is that the acting is not as good as it was on the location a shoot and it feels like the performance just doesn't match or gel as well.

    So I am wondering what is more important? Good acting with bad sound, or not so good acting with good sound?

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