So why do it? It isn't needed for the story--reading the text can get viewers a clear picture of the scene and characters. And there's some risk to it--because what if the voice actors don't sound like what the viewer was expecting and it distracts from the story?
But the answer is quite simple. We wanted it because something happens when you hear someone's voice. It's one thing to read an email from a stranger--it's another to talk to them on the phone. You get connected with them, can understand them better, and it can even re-define a relationship.
So we're hoping the audio will make the characters more flesh-and-blood to the viewers. That it will make the characters go from words on the page to living, breathing people. And that will immerse the viewer even deeper.
Our audio director, Theo Love, finished his recordings last weekend. And we're thrilled with the product he gave us. We're looking forward to showing it off come May.