Ros Cranmer, General Manager for the production said: “Having never even seen a live theatrical performance dubbed into another language, I was nervous about how it would work for our arena production of Batman Live. The final result, however, was fantastic, and it became clear that a foreign language voiceover actually translates incredibly well into that entertainment medium, making our show accessible to audiences all over the world.”
Working closely with production company Water Lane Productions, sound designer Simon Baker and sound engineer for the show Simon Fox, out post sound developed a unique workflow process that enables the English cast to perform to a fully syncronised dialogue track in any language.
Fox commented: "The challenge of making Batman Live accessible for audiences where English is not their primary or even secondary language has been immense but also essential to ensure the ongoing commercial life of the show. The greatest challenge has been to maintain the realistic audio quality of the piece and continue to ensure that audience feel the action is coming form the stage. Additionally, it's been really important to enable the actors to continue have control over their performances. By breaking scenes into sections of dialogue, we've been able to ensure that the performers can dictate the pace at which a scene is delivered as they would have if they were delivering the dialogue themselves.”
Although other productions have used similar techniques before, it is believed that this is the first time that a show of this scale, with so many characters and such complicated automation and flying sequences, has been successfully dubbed.
The spectacular production, which sees the caped crusader battle against his darkest enemies with the help of newly found sidekick, Robin, uses large amounts of automation to control the flying, lighting and video systems, all of which are triggered via MIDI timecode from a DiGiCo SD7 by FOH engineer Simon Fox.
After being contracted to work on the show, out post sound worked with it’s team that includes translators and casting agents, to bring together experienced actors to re-create the performances brought to life by the UK cast. The dialogue was then recorded and edited at out post’s Brighton and London studios and delivered to the production team. After a successful initial run in Switzerland, France and Germany out post is now working on a Czech version and several others for the South American market.
Using techniques normally found more at home in post production out post were able to ensure that the lines recorded matched the pacing and delivery of the original performances, coupled with some skillful programming from Fox. “Of course, none of it would be possible without Rob from Out Post Sound and also the show's sound designer, Simon Baker. Rob has done a superb job in delivering the dialogue to our requirements and ensuring that the vocals remain dynamic and interesting for the audience to listen to. Incorporating these vocals with Simon's initial sound design has resulted in what, I think, is a highly polished product that retains the original intended drama of the piece,” Fox concluded.
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