How To Do Voice Direction

How to do voice coaching:

1. Don’t over direct, let the talent act.

2. Know what you want out of a particular scene and communicate that to the talent.

3. Do not make the talent parrot you, this will make you seem like the asshole you are.

4. Yelling is failing, do not do it.

It is that easy and that difficult. This isn’t a cure all here but rather this is what I have found has worked for me in the past. Every voice director has their style, but if there is one thing you can take away from this very short blog entry it’s you should work with the actor to find the character and not the other way around. Actors are wonderful people if you let them be awesome; so don’t get in the way but don’t let them wander into Mordor either.

Robot Thoughts- A new project

What is this? Well, to be literal, it’s a tracking of R-robot’s journey though a world. This world isn’t ours, but another place full of adventure and bizzaro locals and people. R-robot is an odd fellow, a robot who one day clicked over and gained consciousness, and he has been trying to figure out life and find Y ever since.

Robot Thoughts came from my need to create something small and fun. As a kid I loved Gumby, Thomas the Tank Engine, and Wallace and Gromit. I have been in love with stop motion animation and tiny models for as long as I can remember. I also love comics, but I can’t draw to save my life, so I decided to do this photo based blog instead. This is the closest I am going to get to a web comic, I wanted to shoot for something that felt genuine and find the comedy along the way.

R-robot comes from a diorama I built and the head is the only surviving portion of it. I made it, I made the hat, and I painted it. The ship is a gift from my parent’s trip to Boston when I was a kid. They bought my brother and I two wooden ships and I always loved that boat. I figured, why not use them together?

R is on a journey and is broadcasting its thoughts to you all. They won’t always be brilliant, sometimes they may even touch on the macabre, but they hopefully will make you laugh long enough to have a break from whatever reality is currently throwing your way.

I will be updating this Tumblr and Twitter daily, or as close to daily as I can get, and if you want, give it a follow! I hope you and others find this as fascinating and fun as I do.