You’ve read about Loop Groups getting the jobs. What comes next? Once we are hired we usually get to spot the show. This means we watch it and figure out where looping is needed (most times this is already done by the sound designer and we are given a cue sheet with the group cues already on it, but we watch again to see how we’ll tackle each cue and it clues us in on who we need to hire to get the job done right) We then cast/hire the actors or put them on hold for when the job will take place (and tell them what to prepare), station 12 the actors (make sure they are paid up so producers aren’t fined) and get/prepare the contracts from the payroll company (sometimes the producers will bring these to the set and we wont have to). Occasionally, especially when there is a quick turn around, we actually have to “fly blind” and don’t have an opportunity to watch the show first. When this happens, we rely on what the sound team tells us we need and hire accordingly.
On the day of the job, we’ll make sure all the paper work is filled out by the actors, turn it in to the the producer or payroll company and go through cue by cue and run the show with the ADR supervisor and/or whomever else is choosing the good “takes” and lets us know what is needed ot wanted (sometimes the director is very hands on, sometimes it’s the producer, or sounds designer etc…it varies from project to project). As was said in part I, on a series you start to gell with the sound team. If there is always college hallway walla in the show for example, everyone knows how to best tackle that cue and make it sound perfect by, say the 3rd show. We make sure both sides are happy and productive. At the end of the day, it’s very rewarding when all of the actors do their best, are prepared, and it sounds great. The Sound Team/Production Team is happy and we are happy. It’s a challenging at times but also rewarding job.