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Toys - Voices at play

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Toys Primer

Started by Chuck Wedge. Last reply by Chuck Wedge Jan 12, 2010. 2 Replies

I have been lucky enough to be on the other side of the toy business as a Producer and wanted to provide a place to talk about what makes toys a little bit different than other Voice Over.Where I…Continue

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Comment by Christine Ivy on January 17, 2010 at 5:00pm
Hello Chuck, I am new to VO but have had lots of experience with children's entertainment through drama, puppets and action songs. When I saw this group I knew I would fit in. I love doing character voices, and just making funny sounds. I look forward to learning more from this group. Blessings:)
Comment by Chuck Wedge on January 17, 2010 at 2:54pm
Welcome Christine!
Comment by Chuck Wedge on January 11, 2010 at 1:29pm
Hi Bob,
Welcome to the group. I look forward to hearing your samples.
Take care,
Chuck
Comment by BOB NOBLE on January 11, 2010 at 6:44am
Hi Chuck:

Since I've done numerous video game voices, the toy market sounds equally interesting. Look forward to partiicipating in the group. Will be sending you a sample soon from your submitted script. HAVE A GREAT DAY!

Bob in Orlando
Comment by Chuck Wedge on December 10, 2009 at 11:52am
Fantastic! I look forward to hearing them. If anyone has any questions about the script let me know and I can clarify.

Take care,
Chuck
Comment by Doug de Nance on December 8, 2009 at 3:14pm
Wow Chuck, this is great info. Your point about being closer to video games is insightful and helpful.

I'm in the midst of a huge narration project right now - but once that is done in the next few weeks, I'd like to try out some of your practice script and get some feedback. Holly, we should coordinate so that we don't bore poor Chuck with the same stuff... given that our voices are so similar :-)

Thanks again Chuck, for the learning opportunity and the insiders perspective.

dD
Comment by Holly Franklin on December 8, 2009 at 2:39pm
Oh cool! I'm gonna work on this in the next couple of days and take you up on your generous offer Chuck. Don't worry, I won't do all 11 pages!!
Comment by Patrick Sweeney on December 8, 2009 at 2:34pm
Thanks for sharing this Chuck. Very informative.
Comment by Chuck Wedge on December 8, 2009 at 12:11pm
Hi Doug,
Toys and Animation have a few points where they are quite different. Most toys have very short character lines and they are not tied real close together. Toys are probably closer to video games. I have attached a Word doc where I have added a wide variety of characters, a base narrator, and a story narrator. A few explanations of the scripts may be needed. Anywhere I have a / that means the word or phrase is concatenated. Concatenation is when that will be added to another phrase in the code at the time of play. To save space we chop things up into reusable phrases.
Touch/
/the blue/
/the red/
/the purple/
/ball.
/toy.
/shoes.
/rollerskates.
As you can probably tell from the example above, you will record these so that when it is put back together it sounds fairly natural.
In the product I have attached scripts for, we have Prosody words along with the story narration. The story text is read to the child very naturally all as one piece and then each word is recorded separately with very careful attention to the word. This is so that the child can click on that word and get just that one said aloud.
If anyone wants to record a piece of this script I can definately give feedback. I threw in a little bit of everything here.

PracticeScripts.doc
Comment by Doug de Nance on December 7, 2009 at 1:28am
Hi Check,

I do a lot of ADR animation work (as I'm blessed with a fairly wide voice range and a background in acting). How similar is voicing for toys to cartoons? Would you consider posting a practice audition script that we could try and send to you for feedback?

Thanks,

dD
 

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