Record dialogue and narration

Business Sectors (Suites): Post Production
Developed by: ScreenSkills
Approved on: 01 Jan 2017


This Standard is about recording dialogue or narration in a way that conveys mood and information consistent with the intentions of clients. Dialogue can be recorded from scratch or rerecorded and replaced when original recordings are unusable. It includes collaborating with, and managing, talent with a wide range of temperaments. This Standard should apply to anyone who is involved with recording or replacing dialogue.

Performance criteria

You must be able to:

  1. develop approaches to dialogue with clients that take account of

    their vision and ideas

    1. evaluate existing material for audio quality against expected

    artistic and technical standards

    1. review schedule and cost to ensure required material can be

    recorded or rerecorded and incorporated within clients budgets

    1. advise relevant people on the impact of new recordings on

    budget, schedule and creative requirements

    1. maintain a diplomatic and professional approach to artists who

    are recording, adjusting your way of working to their mood and


    1. adjust level, balance, tonal quality, perspective and dynamic

    range to communicate information and mood in narration and to

    match the position, movement and mood of characters

    1. determine suitability of dialogue against requirements, reviewing

    with colleagues and clients whether it has the intended impact

    1. create a mix with other sound that retains the qualities achieved

    with voice tracks alone

    1. make critical judgments about final audio quality against expected

    artistic and technical standards

    1. maintain security for files and other materials in line with company


Knowledge and Understanding

You need to know and understand:

  1. how to collaborate and cooperate with clients in creative

    conversations around their ideas

    1. the style of voice required for characters and narrators

    2. how to develop ideas that help meet creative requirements

    3. techniques and procedures for sound treatment

    4. how to assess visual and/or audio quality to expected artistic and

    technical standards

    1. characteristics of tonal quality and perspective

    2. operation of the sound studio

    3. recording formats, synchronization and reference systems

    4. current viewing standards and current professional, national and

    international standards of delivery and expressions of best

    practice for the range of platforms and content

    1. when it is appropriate to rerecord and replace dialogue or

    narration and the implications for doing so

    1. characteristics of voices in different acoustic environments and

    when people are behaving in various ways

    1. the importance of audibility of dialogue especially with regards to

    the impaired hearing of an ageing population

    1. the use of mono, stereo and multichannel sound to realize

    creative ideas

    1. capabilities of and procedures for using sound recording


    1. microphone techniques

    2. techniques for accurate timing and synchronisation

    3. how to identify the ways that artists like to work and like a session

    set up

    1. the differences between speech and narration and how they mix

    2. health and safety factors of all equipment and the workplace

    3. company systems for storage, back up and security


Scope Performance

Scope Knowledge





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Indicative Review Date

31 Jan 2020





Originating Organisation

Creative skillset

Original URN


Relevant Occupations

Post Production Professionals

SOC Code



Post production; Editing; Narration; Dialogue; Recording; Replacing