Proof-listening a Dramatic Work

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Proof-listening for a Dramatic Work is fairly similar to proof-listening for a regular project, so before you read this page, please read our Guide for Proof-Listeners Written by catrose


Differences between DPLing a regular project and a dramatic work

1. PLing a dramatic work is a bigger committment

When you DPL a dramatic work, you are agreeing to listen to ever individual part of a drama, as well as the finished edited acts! This is a bigger commitment than DPLing a solo or group project of equal length as there is twice the amount of work to PL!

2. Most dramatic works require are "special" PLing

This means that every BC will have slightly different requirements from their DPL. You need to have a good working relationship with your BC and need to ask them about their requirements. Generally, all Shakespeare plays, unless said otherwise, require Word Perfect DPL, which means any slight deviation from the text must be reported.

3. You must follow the text

This is the biggest and most important difference to DPLing a dramatic work. You need to make sure that there are no lines missing. This is probably one of the most important steps in the entire dramatic production, as people come and go from librivox and some dramatic productions take years to complete, it is very difficult for a BC to get a hold of someone who's been away from Librivox for a year to chase up a missing line that wasn't caught earlier!

So why should you PL a dramatic work?

Why I started PLing dramatic works

I began DPLing Dramatic Works for my love of the plays and appreciation of the performers. Before joining Librivox, I listened to ever play I could get my hands on, but I wanted to be a part of the acting, to contribute something. It is fascinating to listen to all of the individual voices, wondering how it will work together, wondering if it will all fit. And then getting to hear the finished product before anyone else and finding how perfectly it has gone! There is no feeling that quite compares to it! And there is no job on Librivox that is quite as rewarding as DPLing Drama.

How can you get started

Easy one! There are a few options. Go to the Dramatic Works section and look for the usual ~ of a DPL-free project. You could also stalk the new releases forum, to see if any new plays need DPLing. Or, you could PM a few of the people you see who BC dramatic works often and see what the next thing they're planning is and if they'll need a DPL  :)

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