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Hey MTadin, I could use a favor

Postby Fivelives » Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:34 pm

I need a favor from you guys.

Bioware is apparently hunting for voice actors for the next Dragon Age game. It's probably a bit part, and probably mostly for publicity's sake, but I'm surprisingly okay with this. I figured I'd go ahead and toss my hat in the ring. I can only submit one of them, so please have a listen, read the directions in the margin on the scripts, and lemme know which one you guys think is better. Link's here:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/83baxcl1xjjtm58/L-NLZJm3ES

Contest description and rules are here, with script links etc if you want in on this too:

http://blog.bioware.com/2014/02/25/take ... quisition/

Edit: replaced hightail link with a dropbox link.
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Re: Hey MTadin, I could use a favor

Postby Koatanga » Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:53 pm

Of the two I prefer the first. The lower register suits your voice better and there's a bit more feeling to it. Good luck.
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Re: Hey MTadin, I could use a favor

Postby Fivelives » Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:46 pm

The second one was done in my falsetto. I have a really low voice. But low voices don't tend to do frantic well.
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Re: Hey MTadin, I could use a favor

Postby Arnock » Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:11 pm

Interesting... I might give it a try myself.


I'd recommend that you slow down, for both pieces. The first one was better, but you should probably take time to stop and pause between different thoughts or "beats." Obviously not to a Shatner-esque extreme, but natural dialogue has a sort of... ebb and flow.

I've taken a few acting classes recently, for fun. I have absolutely zero experience myself, but one thing that both professors stressed was that you need to have an objective for whatever you're doing.

In each script, take the time to divide it into individual actions or thoughts. Separate them, and come up with an objective for each line.

I'd also recommend against trying to use a falsetto. Let your voice naturally become more frantic, it's very easy to spot an artificial voice.
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Re: Hey MTadin, I could use a favor

Postby Fivelives » Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:35 am

Arnock wrote:Interesting... I might give it a try myself.


I'd recommend that you slow down, for both pieces. The first one was better, but you should probably take time to stop and pause between different thoughts or "beats." Obviously not to a Shatner-esque extreme, but natural dialogue has a sort of... ebb and flow.

I've taken a few acting classes recently, for fun. I have absolutely zero experience myself, but one thing that both professors stressed was that you need to have an objective for whatever you're doing.

In each script, take the time to divide it into individual actions or thoughts. Separate them, and come up with an objective for each line.

I'd also recommend against trying to use a falsetto. Let your voice naturally become more frantic, it's very easy to spot an artificial voice.


Picture Eeyore being frantic. It's really hard to do frantic in my register, but voices naturally rise and cadence of speech increases the more panicked you are. I might've overdone that one actually - they aren't looking for Moridin Solus part deux. I don't think so, anyway. I also find "frantic" very hard to do, considering that I've pretty much had any tendency to panic thoroughly trained out of me (I am a combat veteran, spent years after getting out in emergency medicine as a flight paramedic, now I'm an emergency room and operating room nurse).

As far as conversational pauses, I considered that. But the judges (they didn't specify how many, so I'm going to assume they're going to have 5 or 6 interns assigned the "chore" of judging) are going to go through hundreds of thousands of submissions over the course of 6 days. So my thinking is "shorter is better" in that case. I can always edit in a couple of seconds pause between each statement, or even re-record entirely before submitting; it's not like I don't have the time to do this right.

Edit to add: I think you should do this. It's an amazing opportunity for anyone who wants to work in video games. I considered it before going down this career path, but if I can pick up extra money on the side to help pay off student loans and the like, I'm definitely going to take the opportunity. God knows I don't sleep much anyway!
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Re: Hey MTadin, I could use a favor

Postby Amirya » Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:36 am

I'm actually now thinking about doing this myself also.

The question I'd have is, which script is more natural for you? If frantic isn't part of you, then I wouldn't try to do the second one, since it looks like they only want one anyway.

I can't listen to them at work, so I'll try and do it tonight.
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Re: Hey MTadin, I could use a favor

Postby Koatanga » Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:30 pm

I also have a deepish voice - particularly right now with this head cold! I think if I was doing frantic I might do "where the hell are the damn car keys, I'm late" sort of frantic. Keeps my voice in a more useful range, yet conveys urgency with a bit of frustration and concern.

It's useful to take a few words to punch from the sentence, and hopefully you pick the same ones they hear in their inner voice.

I also think there's a useful bit on the Frantic Rambling line of Script 2 where the first three sentences could be delivered frantically, then a little pause and deliver the last one almost reflectively, as in "Isn't that an odd thing..."

The whole second script gives me a Brad Pitt in 12 monkeys kind of vibe - maybe check that for inspiration.
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Re: Hey MTadin, I could use a favor

Postby Fivelives » Fri Mar 07, 2014 12:57 pm

Thanks for the tips, Koatanga.

I'll rerecord/reupload in a few days when I have some time.
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Re: Hey MTadin, I could use a favor

Postby Arnock » Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:57 pm

Well, I decided to throw my hat in the ring as well.


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