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Mobile studio has home in SCV

Posted: July 8, 2009 8:52 p.m.
Updated: July 9, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Sound engineer Ryan Young sits at an automated dialog recording station in the self-contained mobile Voice Over There recording trailer.

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Amir Soleimani’s “office” is easy to miss.

Save for the company logo on the outer wall, the bulky white trailer is fairly unassuming.

Soleimani is the chief executive officer of Voice Over There, which specializes in on-location dialogue recording for the film and TV industry.

Inside the company’s roughly 15-foot, 10,000 pound trailer is a fully equipped, soundproofed and air-conditioned recording studio.

The trailer Soleimani uses is his prototype, built at a cost of more than $100,000. In his first year of business, he’s provided ADR — additional dialogue recording — services for nine TV series including “Bones,” “Kath and Kim” and “My Own Worst Enemy.”

Additional dialogue recording is frequently employed to replace audio, recorded at the time of filming, that may be less than technically perfect.

Soleimani expects his client list to include up to 20 series in the coming year.

When Christian Slater had to re-record several lines for an episode of NBC’s “My Own Worst Enemy,” Voice Over There set up outside the actor’s Bel Air home.

“He did in 10 minutes what would have taken two hours (if he had to drive to a studio),” said Tony Schmitz, Voice Over There’s marketing director. “The talent loves it, (and) the producers love it.”

The response from studios and actors has been nothing but positive, he said.

“They love the convenience,” he said.

Many studios maintain ADR studios, and mobile units are not terribly unusual, but Soleimani said his is the first to offer fully integrated service.

Developing the rolling studio was a challenge.

“We were ready to basically scrap the whole thing (and) go back to the drawing board,” Soleimani said of the trailer. “It really worked a lot better than I expected.”

From the confines of the trailer, Voice Over There can do ADR or voice-over recordings, with the ability to transmit recordings almost immediately via wireless Internet. It is also equipped for live radio broadcasting.

The trailer is completely self-sufficient, too. Powered by a generator, Soleimani’s studio can be set up practically anywhere.

“We’re bringing something to the table that wasn’t there before,” he said.

Not to mention that with no offices or studio to maintain, his overhead remains low.

Soleimani started the company after spending 15 years as a technical director for an AT&T digital media center with an idea to simplify the ADR process.

Voice Over There is an almost entirely local company.

Soleimani and his sound engineer, Ryan Young, both live in Canyon Country, and the trailer — constructed by Auto Motion Industries in Saugus — is stored at the Newhall home of Voice Over There’s driver.

Looking to the future, Soleimani is focused on expansion.

“We want to make it a national service,” he said, and added his goals are to construct more trailers and have Voice Over There operating in major metropolitan cities around the United States.

The most immediate project on his plate is the construction of another, larger trailer that can serve as a virtual TV studio.

In a testimonial posted on www.voiceoverthere.com, Jason Kavner, associate producer of NBC’s “Kath and Kim” said: “Long shoot days and short turnaround on episodes create huge problems in post-production when it comes time to schedule ADR. (This) is now a much smoother process for all involved.”

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