Lipsync in movies ?

We have all seen lipsync used to make it seem as if people who can t sing sound like the most talented people ever, but I was wondering whether you could actually lip-sync a person voice while talking and make it look natural.For example say I have an actor who has an Australian accent but for the role the person is acting it would be more appropriate to have a British accent. But we don t actually have the time to practice the accent. So could we just hire someone with a British accent to read the lines and then just lip-sync with our Australian guy ? Could this actually work ? Such that it looks completely natural and not forced in any way ?

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  • 3 years ago
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    It's called Automated Dialogue Replacement (ADR) or looping. Happens all the time for movie scenes. Usually not like the example you gave - but on a smaller scale. Sometimes it happens because the dialogue was unintellible in the scene. Like in action scenes where a fight looks good, but the sound wasn't as clear. Sometimes they just have to add background noise (aka "walla") and sometimes the original recorded quality on location wasn't good enough. But looping is not uncommon and usually it's the actor re-recording their own lines.

    What you described happened with "Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes" back in 1984. Andie McDowell was hired to play Jane. After filming the director decided that her southern US accent wasn't right for the role so in post production they dubbed Glen Close's voice for the role. But that is unusual. It makes more sense that if they needed someone with a certain accent they would hire an actor who can do a that accent.

  • 3 years ago

    In A Cry In the Dark, Meryl Streep learned to speak with a perfect Australian accent no lip syncing necessary. Woody Allen bought a lousy Japanese action movie and made up his own story calling it Fortune Cookie and dubbed in the entire soundtrack with no regard for the lip movements. But you hardly notice it if you are following the crazy story he made up. If you pay attention to the words and are good at lip syncing no one can notice the difference and it was always done on the TV show American Bandstand where the stars lipsynced themselves.

  • Cogito
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    3 years ago

    It can be done, but almost all good, talented actors, who have had many years of training and loads of experience, can learn any accent in a very short time.

  • bnk01
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    3 years ago

    Look up ADR. It s typically used to replace one or two lines, by the same actor, because the sound wasn t clean enough on location, but it has been used to replace one actor with another, often for entire performances. The first Mad Max movie originally had Mel Gibson s thick australian accent dubbed by an American voice. It s possible - but it s either not very convincing, or at least expensive and time consuming to do well.

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago

    Sure. Dialogue is often re-recorded. Usually it's by the same actor and is done because the audio quality of the original recording if bad. That's probably particularly the case if there's something else going on. In something like a fight scene or an action scene you're probably not going to get good quality audio of the actor's dialogue because there's going to be other noises going on and they're maybe huffing and puffing from exertion etc. Sometimes it's just recorded again because they mispronounced something or otherwise slightly flubbed a line.

    But you do sometimes have audio which is overdubbed by someone else. Usually that's because the actor has an accent that doesn't work or which might be hard to understand. IIRC in Arnold Schwarzenegger's first movie they, badly, dubbed all of his dialogue because his accent was even thicker then than it is now. Dennis Lawson, who played Wedge Antilles in the original Star Wars trilogy apparently also had his line overdubbed because the producers decided that they didn't like his Scottish accent in the role.

  • 3 years ago

    It could work. I believe zach efron has done that before in one of his movies

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