Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Are voice overs in my future? #WreckItRalph #DisneyMoviesEvent

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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to have a bit of fun in the recording booth at Walt Disney's Animation Studios. It's always been something I wanted to try ever since I was little, watching those Saturday morning cartoons. You might say it was a small dream of mine, to have my voice recorded as a character. I never really thought it'd come true. Although when the moment came, I was shaking in nervousness!

The experience was really cool. As we spoke with Raymond Persi (Storyboard artist/voice of Gene/voice of Zombie) and Gabe Guy (recording booth technician), we learnt that up to 6 microphones could be used to record at once although the norm is that one person records their line at a time. However, there was an exception this time as John C. Reilly often recorded his lines with others. This was his first time voice acting and he felt more comfortable being able to actually converse with the other voice actors. We further found out that Wreck-It Ralph probably had about 100 000 lines recorded. Even a cough, a laugh, or a grunt counts as a line.
#WreckItRalph Recording Booth
This is how it works. As the voice actor speaks his or her lines, not only is their voice recorded but also their face. Why? Well, the facial movements for specific lines are needed and sometimes used when modelling the characters movements in the animation. So yes, 90% of the voice acting is recorded before the animation happens. So voice actors have to develop their character as they go along, which is pretty challenging as you can tell from my upcoming video.

I think I psyched myself up too much to the point where I was nervous and couldn't perform to my full potential. I watched the video of my face and OMG, you'd think I was facing a life or death situation. Even without the video, you can tell it took me a little to get into character. My first line, a bit shakey and definitely not in character yet. 2nd line, I was more into my character and a bit more relaxed. I wouldn't say I was great, there's room for improvement. Let's put it this way...if I ever got a chance to go back in there again, I know I can do better. Haha, maybe good enough that Disney could consider giving me a part time job? A person can dream, right? Haha, the SO already told me I was terrible. ;) Okay, deep breath, hit play, and don't laugh...too hard.
Watch the pros do it in theaters November 2nd...Here's a sneak peak if your really want to see how bad I was...haha
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Unknown said...[Reply]

That looks like such a fun movie! i can't wait until it gets to our area so I can take the kids to go see it!

Mariah @ FormulaMom.com said...[Reply]

You did a great job for your first time! :) It was definitely an exhilarating experience!

Liz Mays said...[Reply]

I think you did great! You're too hard on yourself!

Unknown said...[Reply]

Oh, you were not that bad!! Loved the post and the clip. Cannot wait to see the movie.

Cinny said...[Reply]

Teehee, you guys are too nice. :)

Char W. said...[Reply]

That was so cool and awesome! I would have loved to have that opportunity. Job well done.

Unknown said...[Reply]

That is awesome! You are so lucky! Congrats!

Diane B said...[Reply]

thats awesome

Coupons and Friends said...[Reply]

I'm so jealous...how fun!!

Sandy VanHoey said...[Reply]

Sounds like you did fine to me, I would have frozen up and not been able to do a thing. I get nervous

Bekalee314 said...[Reply]

haha that sounds like a lot of fun to do the voices of cartoons!

Unknown said...[Reply]

It sounds like you had a wonderful opportunity and you made the most of it...I am so glad that you go that opportunity....I can only hope that someday I am that lucky

Caffeinated Momma said...[Reply]

It sounds like you had a great opportunity and a lot of fun! Awesome!

Unknown said...[Reply]

That is so awesome! I hope I get a chance to do something like that. Lieutcrunch27 (at) gmail (dot) com

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