Zuzka
Film dubbing Hello, I have a question that has bothered me for a long time but I didn't have anyone to ask it so I think someone here will know answer me. It's about dubbing in films. I'll give an example : When there's e.g. English film and characters are speaking English between each other but then they go e.g. to France and they speak in French. It's okay, in original the part where they speak French is with subtitles so we know what they're talking about. Buuut my quest is, If you are French and this whole film is dubbed into French and then there is the scene when they speak French (even in original) how is it made in French version? How is there shown that difference that they use different language? I hope you understood. I mean I'm from Slovakia and I don't know if there is a film where my native language is used in this situation so I think if you saw a film when your language is used that way you could explain it to me, please.
Nov 3, 2018 8:12 PM
Answers · 4
Well, I have enough experience working with video and audio that I am confident I can offer you some insight into this confusion you have. I lived near and worked in Hollywood for a time. When you are watching a professionally produced movie, the audio and the video were recorded separately. In post-production, the time period when all the editing takes place, the audio track is matched up to the video track. When movies are also dubbed in other languages, they simply replace the original audio track with the new audio track for the alternate language. Since the way the mouth moves is different for different languages, they cannot align the new audio track with mouth movement in the video track. Instead, they break down the scenes of the movie into smaller moments and try to match the general pace of the audio to those moments (known as beats). These new audio tracks are recorded by voice actors in recording studios, who use a script specially prepared in their language and the muted video footage (no audio). This allows the voice actors to match the pacing and vocal dynamics to the video as best they can using their own language.
November 3, 2018
Using French as the example: usually the whole film is 'dubbed' into French. If a principal character is bilingual, it would be very distressing to hear a different actor whenever they speak 'French'. For brief 'local colour' scenes with bit players speaking in 'French' it might sometimes be cheaper and simpler to use the original voice recordings, but it might not, e.g. for technical or commercial reasons. If the whole film is being dubbed anyway, the savings are minimal, and it potentially complicates things, so no.
November 3, 2018
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