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Call for Voice Actors for a short project!
I wrote a short scene based on my favorite book (Myst the Book of Atrus) and made it into an animatic. It's about a minute long. You can read the storyboards here. You can also watch the animatic (without sound) here: here.
I want to give the animatic more life. Music would be nice, but most importantly I'm looking for voices to put onto the track. There are three characters: Anna, Atrus and Gehn.
I'm trying an experiment. I know there's a lot of people who love voice acting on newgrounds. Are you interested in lending your voice?
You can download the script here. Choose one or more of the characters, record your voice digitally, and send it to me (firstname.lastname@example.org). A long track with multiple takes is fine. I can do the editing.
Send the voices to me by Tuesday July 5th. I will choose the three best voices, and put them into the animatic. Then I'll post the animatic on deviantart, youtube, vimeo, etc with your names in the credits.
Does that sound fun? Let me know if you have any questions.
Information about the characters and scene that might be helpful:
The setup: In this scene, Atrus (age 14) and Anna (his grandmother) have just been dropped in on by Gehn (Atrus' father), who Atrus has never met before. They just finished having dinner.
Anna and Gehn's relationship has always been strained. She knows Gehn is angry with her. He blames her for ruining his life. She doesn't want to do/say anything to bring that anger out. But at the same time, she also wants Gehn to connect with Atrus. She is normally a formidable woman and says things with confidence, but in this moment, she's tense, afraid to push Gehn too much or too little.
Atrus has lived alone with his grandmother for 14 years. He's lonely. When Gehn first appeared, he seemed like a regal, god-like figure. He was Intimidated at first, but now Atrus is very curious about him. He's also mindful of his grandmother's tension.
In this scene, the audience is just getting to know Gehn. He appears well-dressed and extremely self-confident. He chooses his words carefully, and only answers questions how and if he wants to answer them. He's in complete control.
Underneath, he has a lot of anger toward his mother, anger that goes way back in their history. He hates her. In this scene, Gehn pretends he's above that, though a bit of his disdain shows through.
Toward Atrus, he feels no awkwardness. Gehn assumes, in his delusional mind, that Atrus, in essence, is the same as him. Because Atrus is his son, he must feel the same things as him. (Problems arise later in the story when Gehn realizes this is not the case.) Gehn doesn't say much because he sees no need to explain himself.
Some general direction for the voice acting:
- Do lots of takes. I find it usually takes me at least 10-15 takes before I get over my giggles, and get into the character. Then again, sometimes the first take is the best!
- Don't feel like you have to read the dialogue exactly as it's written. Feel free to stretch and improvise some of the lines if it makes it sound more natural in your voice.