Tips to help you prepare your script for a recording session

Recording sessions that people usually see on TV or movies look fun and effortless. But the truth is, there is a lot of preparation going behind the scenes. These preparations are important to ensure that the recording session will go smoothly as planned.

If you are doing some voice over recording session in the near future, here are the things that you need to bear in mind:

Review the script thoroughly

The first thing that you need to do is to check the script thoroughly. There are instances where changes are made during the recording sessions for voice overs for documentary. This is a common practice amongst clients, but it doesn’t mean that it is right. It can hamper the momentum of the recording session and also cause delays in production. The best thing to do to prevent or lessen these instances is to check the script thoroughly. Doing this would allow the team determine the specifics – from getting the right voice over artist to making revision to the script. As much as possible, employ a no-revision policy during the recording session.

Provide proper translation for foreign words

If there are foreign words involved in the script, it would be best to have it translated earlier. Do translation through apps. There is a high chance that the context would be lost and the meaning of the script will be alter altogether. Consult with translation companies and send them your script for translation. A translation company would be able to provide a correct translation based on the language requirement that you are requesting. The message you want to relay will be intact.

Provide instructions if necessary

You need to remember that a voice over talent will not just read the script for recording. He will be enacting this based on what is written on the document. So be sure to provide clear and proper instructions for the talent to follow. If there are words that should be emphasized, take note of it on the script.

Brief the talent early on

Aside from providing clear instructions, you need to brief the voice over talent days before the actual recording session. The Arabic voice over talent needs to hear from the client what they actually want, in terms of voicing. The talent may have a different interpretation of the script and it should be clarified before the recording starts. It would be best if you can do a test run with the talent so you can see what he can do and also give instruction face-to-face.