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The Horrible Descent - Written by Kai Skrotzki
Voice Acting Contest Number 9 Submission on NewGrounds
*WARNING* Profanity and Torture
A rising evil genius tells how he acquired his position of power and with it, his inevitable descent into madness.
Music and sound effects are royalty free.
Sound effects can be found at SoundBible and AudioLoot with some created by Mike Koenig.
There is a lot of dead air behind your recording. Hiss reduction would do wonders for you. Your acting was over-the-top which is a good thing. It made your skit interesting and brought you characters to life. The narrator sounds a bit like Zasz from Batman. I'm not 100% sure what the bad job was, shoveling horse shit? The best voice acting happened with the guy bein tortured. You act out pain well which can be hard. And your "evil acting" is good too. I'd recommend you for villain roles. Overall, the acting was very good, maybe could sound more natural instead of like you're acting on stage. Other than narration, you don't need to speak to the audience. Other than the hiss, the mixing was good. Great job!
Additional Comments: The beginning voice immediately reminded me of Emo Philips. I thought it was kind of strange how much higher the character in the story is compared to the same character in the narration. It seemed like a whole different character voice. I thought about it and maybe it was because he was suppose to be younger or something in the story he was telling. But perhaps you meant for his angry voice to be that much higher, as part of the characters
insane nature. Maybe a sort of Jekyll and hyde thing. But still I feel like it was just way too different to be the same character. I could tell you were going for a more creepy tone with the acting by speaking kind of slowly as the narrator and having sudden but really short dynamic shifts in pitch in your dialogue. But like I said, that doesn't really stay consistant with your "story version" of the character. Which seemed high pitched all the time and crazy compared to the creepy and methodical sound of the narrator.
Review: Dark and ominous, you do a great job painting a picture in my head and your narrative caught my attention and held it. I felt the gradual increase in malevolence and madness. Acting was really good. Your range was good too, I loved the way you went to younger versions of your main character while still staying true to his tone. Good job. I really have nothing else to add here. I feel that you did an excellent job. I can not wait to hear more.
You did a excellent job with the tones of the evil genius's voice as he rises from a pitiful minion, to evil mastermind. Credits to the torture victim, very authentic. although you had several voices for the evil genius, all your other characters are a bit lacking in screen time but whenever you had a diffrent character on scene, the voice was very unique. Everything is a perfect fit, but you point out in the comment that he was supposed to decend into madness, but he sounds quite sane from my perspective, even though that evil laugh was terrifying (serious) which preserves your score. I'd give a perfect score, but theres a very noticable problem, your microphone peaked at 0:24 and 0:40-0:45 of the track as well as at 1:23-26, if your using a recording program such as audacity, check to make sure that your pitch doesn't go off the chart and consider decreasing your mic volume if you except to be yelling a lot, (you can amplify it later with editing). A story of an evil genius's rise to power, an orginal concept I suppose, and he wins in the end.The story was very good and the plot made sense, up until the final scenes of the skit, such as at 2:45 and later, the genius says that he was too naive to realize something, but.. that something never makes itself clear. Plus the genius or his career is not affected at all by it.
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