Magazine article Variety

'BlacKkKlansman' Dialogue Mix Strove for Accuracy

Magazine article Variety

'BlacKkKlansman' Dialogue Mix Strove for Accuracy

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VETERAN ADR MIXER David Boulton has some 225 film and TV credits, including such high-profile projects as "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Life of Pi," "Planet of the Apes" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," but it's his longrunning collaboration with Spike Lee that's arguably his most impressive accomplishment.

Boulton began working with Lee back in the '80s on "School Daze" and has worked with the director ever since. Their latest collaboration, Cannes Grand Prix winner "BlacKkKlansman," about an African-American detective who infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan, is set for release Aug. 10 by Focus Features.

"We're both about the same age, and we're both from New York," says Boulton of their relationship. "We're like a welloiled machine by now. I love working on his projects because he loves sound and really understands it."

Lee says sound is "hugely important" in all his films. "I'm very involved, and I always put as much as emphasis on sound and music as I do on the acting and editing and cinematography and so on," he says. "It's absolutely crucial, and ADR is a big part of that."

Automated dialogue replacement, the practice of re-recording dialogue in a studio in synchronization with the picture, isn't something actors love doing. Boulton points out that ADR can occur six months after the shoot. "And you're not that character anymore," he explains. "You're not on set with all that adrenaline, yet you're trying to match the original performance - and make it even better if possible. …

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