Ask Bob: Advice For The Voice Lorne!


Ask Bob: Advice For The Voice Lorne!

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Comment by Bob Bergen on June 25, 2008 at 10:40am
Hey James!

Wow-well, the "vocal effects" I've done range from babies' cry to vampire's die. Cats, dogs, ghosts, flying insects, etc. Sweetening the film.

And yes, the voice replacement I did for Platoon was for the TV version, replacing the "colorful" language with something a lil more "G" rated. Sometimes it works, sometimes it's a stretch. In the film From Dusk To Dawn I re-voiced Quentin Tarantino. There's a scene where he's complaining that another character called him a "f#$%ing liar." The producer wanted me to change the line to "funny liar" because he hated the overuse of the dub "freakin." But it lost something in the translation. "You just called me a funny liar!!!!!, " JUST didn't have the same intent as the scene needed. But hey-the actor's job is to give em what they want. ;-)
Comment by Dave DeAndrea on June 24, 2008 at 10:37pm
Hey Bob! Glad you started this group! Nice to have a place to glean a little more insight from you. I just reworked my "Characters" demo a bit and would love any inout you would have to offer. It's on my page here the vast "Universe". It's a combo plate... some accents... some impersonations... and some original characters. Looking forward to your feedback.
Comment by James Lorenz on June 24, 2008 at 7:32pm
Thanks for the reply, Bob!
How about another one?
I noticed on your extensive resume some interesting things.
What memorable Vocal Effects have you done on film and did you do all of the revoicing for Kevin Dillon and Willem DeFoe in Platoon's TV version? Is that for the edited versions for cursing?
I look forward to one day attending your weekend class when you come to NY.
Comment by Bob Bergen on June 24, 2008 at 12:26pm
Hey James!

Thanks for your nice note!

I get 100% of my animation work in LA. There is some work in NYC. And tons of anime dubbing in Texas, Dallas and Houston. But all my work is cast/recorded here.

However, as technology has allowed for people all over the globe to compete in commercial VO, I believe we are not far off for the same trend to happen with animation. Ten years ago if you had told me that someone in Iowa would have access to the same commercial copy I have here in LA, and be able to record in their home studio that didn't cost an arm and a leg to set up, I'da said you were crazy!

But that scenario is commonplace now.

I don't think it's a stretch of the imagination for an actor in the Midwest be able to audition for and book an animated feature or series, and be able to work from their home studio with 2 way video conferencing so the director and actor can see each other during the session. It's the same as looking through the glass in a recording studio. You're just seeing the actor on a TV monitor.

Things are changing fast! This is one of the reasons I teach my weekend animation VO workshops around the country. Ya gotta be prepared when opportunity knocks!!

Comment by James Lorenz on June 24, 2008 at 11:17am
Hey Bob -

Welcome to the site! It's great to see you here. I always try to check out your posts on the various message boards and look forward to learning more from you here.
I'll start you off with a question:
If you can break it down as a percentage, how much work in animation do you get from LA, NY and everywhere else?

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