Sorry for the time crunch at the end of class yesterday! Still such a big class, I am struggling with time management.
So, in preparation for our next couple of weeks working with character voices, I want you to do the Trial by TV exercise in your Workbook – Page 17. This is a Listening and Self-Evaluation Writing Exercise to be turned in on Monday.
Trial by TV
This exercise is a bit different from Radio Feedback. Place your recorder near the TV where you can record both the sound from the TV and your voice. (Pat Fraley calls this exercise the TV Test and includes it in his audio book “Creating Character Voices for Fun & Profit”).
After starting the recorder, stand up, grab the remote and get ready to have some fun. The idea here is to start talking, singing, making noises – whatever you hear the TV doing. Basically, you are mimicking anything and everything you hear. It’s a little different than Radio Feedback, because in that exercise you were concentrating on one thing for a longer period of time. In this case, I want you to change the channel every 15 seconds or so. If you hit just music or a silent movie – change the channel again – this is a primarily a voiceover exercise. But, hey, don’t be afraid to go nuts – you may discover that you have the ability to do great sound effects!
The key to this exercise is to not think about what you are doing. Just let the sound come into your ears and sound come out of your mouth. Try not to worry about what you are doing. This is just for your review. As with the Radio Feedback exercise, you must do this for at least 5 minutes to understand the concept. After doing the exercise, play back your recording for analysis and answer the questions on that page in the workbook.
Reading Assignment – in preparation for next week, please read Chapter 14 in the textbook. There is no recording assignment to be turned in YET! But there will be.