"Gary Terzza of VO Master Class provides this useful techniques for placing a pop stopper for maximum effectiveness: “Place your hand (palm facing towards you) between the pop shield and the mic and blow gently. Now move the popper slowly towards you while still blowing. Stop at the point you can no longer feel the breath. This is the optimum point at which the air is diffused, stopping those intrusive Ps and Bs.”
Filmmaker Casimir Nozkowski has a new short out about Hal Douglas, one of the most famous movie trailer voices ever. It's absolutely wonderful. Douglas is immediately recognizable as the voice of thousands of trailers, commercials and television promos...he reflects on his body of work, his technique and the current state of his instrument.
"When hiring the talent, agents and casting directors prefer these voice actors to not only have a good voice and be able to switch up characters or do accents, but also act. And quite often, voice over work requires some serious acting chops from their performers. The widely popular video game The Last of Us comes as a good example of this, having great voice over work that at times required the actors to turn their dramatic skills way up.
Another tricky part when aspiring to do voice over for video games is that actors usually never see their sides ahead of the audition or work day, which means they have to be able to nail down the voices in a very short amount of time, on the day."
Disney announced on Friday at the D23 expo in Anaheim, that Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy will join Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks in the Disney/Pixar Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory. Keaton and Levy will play Dory’s long-lost parents. Ty Burrell has also been added to the cast, playing a whale named Bailey.
"...Voice acting is now an integral part of most games helping to define characters, forward narrative, and in some cases offer the primary form of gameplay. While rising to prominence in the age of Playstation and Nintendo 64, voice acting really got its hooks into the industry with the following generation and has seen the start of a golden age with the current generation. Today, whether games are AAA or independent, featuring robots or humans, comedic or dramatic, voice acting is an important part of the experience. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights in voice acting over this current generation..."
An Apology To Elephants • HBO • Lily Tomlin as NarratorFamily Guy • Brian’s Play • FOX • Seth MacFarlane as Brian Griffin, Stewie Griffin, Peter GriffinFamily Guy • Lois Comes Out Of Her Shell • FOX • Alex Borstein as Lois Griffin, Tricia TakanawaThe Looney Tunes Show • We’re In Big Truffle • Cartoon Network • Bob Bergen as Porky PigRobot Chicken • Hurtled From A Helicopter Into A Speeding Train • Cartoon Network • Sam Elliott as NarratorRobot Chicken DC Comics Special • Cartoon Network • Seth Green as Aquaman, Batman, Nerd, Abin Sur, Martian Manhunter, Robin, Green Arrow
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"Being heavily involved in the casting process for the animated film Dinonauts has been a very fun experience. It’s the first time I’ve worked to cast a project this large and the response has been quite tremendous. It’s particularly interesting since I’m a voice talent (surprise!) and get to be on the other side of the booth and dirty my hands in a process that is usually a mystery to talent (aside from the ritualistic crossing of sweaty fingers). It’s the “pick me, pick me!” game.
Through the process, it occurred to me that many of the audition submissions I received were victim to several recurring elements that dramatically hurt their chances of being cast. In some cases such errors clobbered their chances of even being listened to."
"As Edna Krabappel on The Simpsons, Marcia Wallace may be the only 4th-grade teacher to have the same student for 24 years. Before that, she was beloved as Carol Kester, the lovelorn, wisecracking secretary on The Bob Newhart Show.
Wallace...has died at age 70, according to the showrunner of The Simpsons. “I was tremendously saddened to learn this morning of the passing of the brilliant and gracious Marcia Wallace,” producer Al Jean said in a statement to EW. “She was beloved by all at The Simpsons and we intend to retire her irreplaceable character.”
OK, Alan Varner, you probably think it's real cute that you broke through the "fourth wall" in this Little Caesars radio ad from Barton F. Graf 9000, inviting listeners who visit the restaurant to "tell 'em Alan Varner sent you.
"John DiMaggio, world-renowned, Emmy-nominated, and Annie Award winning voiceover actor, dishes the details about how to break into the voice acting industry and climb to the top...the Hollywood star [reveals] what it takes to win over both casting directors’ and fans’ hearts, how to book gigs, and who to maintain relationships with to reach success in the acting and voiceover industry."
As an actor it is your job to make the character you are playing, either on stage or screen, a fully rounded human being. This takes time and effort. Here are the ten questions you should be able to answer before playing any role:
Who am I?Where am I?When is it?Where have I just come from?What do I want?Why do I want it?Why do I want it now?What will happen if I don’t get it now?How will I get what I want by doing what?What must I overcome?
“Back in the day, they’d hire veteran voice-over guys who could do a plethora of voices,” says [Brad] Garrett, who voices a fuel truck in Disney’s “Planes.” Now, we’re starting to see big-name actors do the same thing — disguising their voices, slinging wild accents.
Check out “Despicable Me 2.” Taking their cue from star Steve Carell, who does a semi-Slavic riff for mad-scientist Gru, co-stars Russell Brand, Steve Coogan and Kristen Wiig color their voices and “hide behind the mike,” as Garrett puts it.
Wiig could just “be myself,” she says, playing a secret agent in that film. “But where’s the fun in that?”
The key word there is ‘acting’. My suggestion would be become the best actor you possibly can. If you’re a kid, get involved in every school play. Do community theater. Study improv. That’s the best training in the world. Once you’re a solid actor, then you’ve got to study voiceover. But not just animation voiceover, you’ve got to study commercial voiceover because that’s the day to day bread and butter. I would recommend, if animation is your thing, get yourself to L.A. to train because this is where the real training is. And this is where the work is.
It’s all about the acting. It’s not just doing silly voices. It’s what you do with the words. The script is skeleton. Your job is to give it a body. You really have to be a solid actor to be able to compete."
In its annual report the Entertainment Software Association found 45 of all gamers are female...While it's rare for larger studios in America to feature female protagonists, some are noticing "more strong female characters from new games, and that's primarily coming from Japan..."
There are many things that go into creating a successful animated picture - the quality of animation, a graceful script that speaks to various demographics and perhaps most importantly, great voice-over talent .
Pixar has a reputation for casting actors that work for its characters, rather than simply searching for celebrities to fill its roles. The studio has understood, from its first feature film, that a strong story and memorable characters are necessary to make a great film, and that those characters need to connect with the audience. Although you may recall the voices of veterans like Tom Hanks (Toy Story) and Albert Brooks (Finding Nemo), there are many other voices that are essential in bringing the story to life."
Filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki is known for iconic anime like My Neighbor Totoro. He's also known for telling it like it is. If he thinks using the iPad looks like masturbation, then he's gonna damn well say that.
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