Dubbing in Television Shows and Movies

By Stacey
Dec 21, 2015 · 2 min

In this article will take a closer look at the issue of dubbing in movies and TV shows.

Dubbing in Television Shows and Movies | One Hour Translation

In this post will take a closer look at the issue of dubbing in movies and TV shows.

Let’s First Discuss What Dubbing Actually Is

With movies and television shows, dubbing refers to the translation of foreign language films into the audience’s language. When a foreign language movie or television show is dubbed, the translation of the original dialogue is very carefully matched to the lip movements of the actors. Perhaps another definition might be ‘replacing the original dialogue with the spoken translation in a different language’.

How Is Dubbing of a Movie or Television Series Achieved?

When dubbing a movie or television series it’s necessary to undertake a process that, while being fun, can also be quite arduous at the same time.

  • To start with, the script is directed to a translator for translation;
  • Next, the manager will add annotations for sound, music, and other special effects that will support and complement the actors’ voices;
  • Generally, the voice actors will rehearse three or four times prior to recording the new script; listening through headphones to the original voice in order to accurately replicate expressions and intonation;
  • The translation will often require correction in order to choose synonyms that are pronounced similarly to words in the original audio.

Dubbings Detractors

It’s true that dubbing has many detractors, particularly in countries where it’s not common practice. The argument is that dubbing devalues television programs and films. Certain comedians, such as Ben Stiller and Steve Martin, lose a degree of their humor when their voices are dubbed into another language, because we know that a large amount of their humor arises from intonation, and how they express their words.

In addition, dubbing is considered a barrier to multilingualism in many cities of Europe. In countries where subtitles are preferred, the understanding and basic knowledge of English has shown to be much higher than in countries where dubbing is used. Proponents will argue that subtitles obstruct the image and interfere with vision; while some people believe that having to read subtitles is a distraction: it seems that people concentrate on reading the subtitles while missing out on a lot of what’s happening on the screen.

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