Foreign Film

Synonyms

Dubbing scene, subtitles scene

Introduction

The following scene is going to be done in a non-existent language called [get language name]. The players on stage will speak only in that language. Luckily there will be players offstage dubbing the scene into English.

Description

This is essentially a dubbing scene. The foreign film dub is done so often that it requires a note of its own. The players that are acting out the scene in the none existent language must be very clear in defining their environment and making solid physical offers for the translators and audience to work off of. It helps the players that are talking in gibberish to think of what they are saying in English.

Gimmicks

The standard translation gag is making a really long gibberish sentence and translating it to one English word, or vice versa. Translators can also struggle for the correct English word, caught in gibberish idioms. Translators can also refuse to translate things that are too crude in English, gibberish censoring. These last two gags can really kill a scene (not that all gags don’t), and really are just disguised lack of commitment (wimping). Another gag is where the translator rambles on and the gibberish players stop him and end the scene in chaos.

Variations

Blind dub the scene (translators cannot see the gibberish players. Use a real language. Translate an opera.

Credits

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