On the Universal Studios lot, the new NBC hit series Parenthood is shooting on Stage 44. In between takes, one-by-one, the actors walk 200 feet from the stage and into Voice Over There’s compact trailer. There, when the door is closed, the din of nearby trucks and teamsters disappears. The actor enters a small sound booth and records ADR. Ten minutes later, the actor returns to the set.
This mobile recording studio/ADR stage just completed its 100 session, on location on Universal Studios. Other primetime TV shows include Bones, Lie to Me, Men of a Certain Age and United States of Tara.
The VOT ADR trailer was the brainchild of veteran TV director/technical directly Amir Soleimani. “I’ve done a lot of ISDN work for the previous company I used to work for and we did a lot of voiceovers in our building,” he says. “We’d bring people in to record or ISDN to Thailand or NY or wherever they needed to go. I always knew it was hit and miss when they booked someone to come, especially if it was a celebrity. No shows are typical in that business. The idea stayed with me: what if I put this set-up in my garage? Then, I thought, what if we put wheels on it?”