I am reading a book by the name “Loop Group,” I’m pretty far along the book but the author has yet to explain what it really is. I know it has something to do with making movies but what?
Might be a play on “loup garou,” which is French for werewolf.
Could it be this kind of loop group? Not that it has anything to do with movies or wolves.
Heh. When I saw the thread title, I said to myself, “That sounds like something out of algebraic topology.”
Perhaps you could give us more information. What is the book about so far? Is there a link in Amazon?
A “loop group” is a slang term often seen in movie credits for the advanced dialogue replacement, or ADR, team. These folks go in after the movie has been recorded and redub dialogue. (Sometimes, the dialogue is drowned out by ambient noise, etc. when the film is shot, so the actors have to go back and redo the dialogue in a studio.) The film is looped back and forth so that the new dialogue matches the previously-filmed lip movements of the actors- hence, “looping.”
Some technicians are a lot better at it than others. There are lots of instances in reality shows like Top Design where the judges are talking to the contestants, when suddenly there is a cut-away, the back of a judge’s head, and his/her crystal clear booming voice making some comment that the producers wanted to insert for clarity or continuity.
John, your work concentrated too much on function. In the end, this was a contest about aesthetics, not function. Please pack your shit and go.
“The Loop Group” is described as Los Angeles’ premiere loop group, (how’s that for not really explaining it?) and they’ve been doing it for the past 20 years or so. Oddly enough, they don’t seem to have a website, but since they’ve been doing ADR for so long, the people who need to know who they are already do.
mobo85 had the right answer, that is definately what this novel is about.
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Loup Garou. Great record.
By sheer coincidence, werewolves are among some of the best ADR teams in the biz. Their keen werewolf hearing gives them an edge. Also, they can coax moving performances out of actors by threatening to eat them.
In his book Questions for the Movie Answer Man, we can see it took three tries for Roger Ebert to get the correct identity of Barbara Harris, founder of the Looping Group. The reason? She’s a werewolf! Which is also the reason why the group has no website: it’s impossible for werewolves to use keyboards.