last night we had a session of audio pickups with actor Joe Barbagallo. With the fine cut 99.99% complete, there are areas where I need some both additional dialogue and/or re-recording of existing dialogue to smooth scenes out. So Joe and I met at the Nickelodeon offices where i work and...
spent a couple hours doing audio pickups in a conference room. We had a great time recording Joe's character- Warnock's - expletives, moans, coughs, and screams. By the end we were both sweating from laughing so hard. The best part was when I was recording Joe make screams and simulate getting kicked in the chest. Shortly after the take, Joe straightened up and said, "Shit, I nearly threw up." That got us into another laughing fit. Who knew audio pickups would be so fun?!
Our basic set up was to have the laptop playing the full version of the film (now a huge 66 gig file). We'd review the scene and I'd basically explain the type of additional audio i was looking for. sometimes we'd discussion Warnock's motivation, other times, it was pretty obvious to both of us and it just clicked. I had a camera set up with a shotgun mic and we'd adjust audio levels depending on if it was a scream or a soft mutter of swear words. Usually, I'd just play the scene for Joe first a couple of times and then we'd do a recording. Other times when it was necessary to sync his audio with the dialogue, I'd let the scene play on mute so that Joe could act out the audio along with the film in front of him.
I plan to do sessions like this a couple more times with other members of the cast.
that's all for now! oh yeah, check out Joe's website too!!