6th Voice Acting Contest Final Results!
IC&RS Holiday Special Final Score: 81
FatKidWitAJetPak's Final Judgment:
Improbably comics and radio shows? Lmao, love it. Your mixing was fantastic in this. You acted extremely well with them and added wonderful spice to your characters with great fit and range! Your evil directors voice was very well done, and I enjoyed your British accent. I am not sure if the British accent was purposely done or not. I can't remember if you actually are British.
My favorite part of this skit was the originality. The big chin, the winter zombie love story, the freeze frame, and the whole concept was just great. Dr. Movie is a great character. This is one of my favorite skits ever made, especially since you added a wide range of depth with your amazingly done mixing, acting, and range. Every character sounded different. It is almost like your in a heavy metal band, because you can bend your voice in many ways. I also enjoyed the side plot, which was actually a love story all in its own. Where did you get these ideas? I would love to see this made into a flash!
This was a perfect example of how you can grab SFX from free sound websites such as Flash Kit in order to add LOTS of spice and jingles to your demo reel. I think you would make a great role model for beginning voice actors. You develop your characters individually and work on them with much strength and range. Because of this, you can almost instantly produce a well acted line. I could tell you were having a lot of fun with your characters. Great job!
The only errors that I can think of is that the skit was loud many times. I can understand how loudness is a good thing, but you should turn it down a tad! The entire skit was relatively loud. Also, I notched that you held back yourself at times, as if you were to nervous to put all your heart into a few of the lines. Other than that, no errors! Great submission.
JaShinYa's Final Judgment:
Not sure if it was your mic or if you were just too close, but throughout most of the recording, the audio was kind of "vibrating" a bit. Main mixing conceern is that you need to lower the background music and SFX. The music especially, was on the verge of overtaking your vocals. Cutting from one music bed to another was a bit off as well. The range wasn't that great. While most of your voices were discernable, they weren't far apart in spectrum. One complaint about the acting is when crap is going down in the skit, the characters should be yelling, not doing that "quiet yell". Also, Crimson Chin much? lol. Overall I enjoyed the skit. Good idea. With better mixing, this could be very very good.
Acting - 24/35
Fit - 18/25
Originality - 8/15 points
Range - 05/15 points
Mixing - 10/10
I can tell a lot of effort was into this, but the short range of unique voices as well as a possible lack of rehearsing keeps this submission from being perfect. Epic Mixing though.
FatKid: Thanks for the review! I stewed for a good long while trying to decide on voices for each character, and while I think they fit well, I'm getting mixed thoughts about my range and mixing. I'm not sure if I'm working to my potential--people are telling me very different things for these categories, so I'm not sure what to believe. I'm glad you liked my British accent, though--I think I pulled it off fairly well. I know everyone has room to improve, and I will continue to work on every aspect of my craft in the future. I'm honored you think that I could inspire others to try their hand at voice acting.
As for the source of my ideas, a lot of it comes from inside jokes and turning ideas on their heads. I noticed that a lot of typical superheroes have huge chins, so I decided to make my superhero have his chin as the source of his power. Dr. Movie comes from misreading the credits in an anime movie I watched. For the radio show idea, I thought about how best to adapt for audio what would normally be a televised show, and the radio show idea came to mind.
Thanks for the review and this opportunity, and I look forward to the next competition!
JaShinYa: I appreciate the review. Concise, fair, and honest. I realize now after the fact that the Crimson Chin from the Fairly Oddparents probably did factor into the design for Chisel-Jaw; originally I just wanted to create a superhero whose massive chin gave him his crime-fighting strength. Either that show'd producers and I both think alike, or I just forgot where the idea came from.
I'm having trouble developing a good and distinguishable range. I think I need more voice acting practice, trying to change up my pitch and add more to my repertoire. I'm curious, however, as to why a few points were removed for the Acting and Fit categories.
I also realize that my mixing wasn't that good--I'm still new to Audacity and half of the time I don't know what I'm doing. The reason for the "quiet yell" is probably because whenever I DID yell into the microphone, the audio spiked and gave some crackles. I guess I need some practice or tutoring in regards to proper audio mixing as well.
Again, thanks for the review, and I wish you luck in your bid for audiobook reading!
SimCorder: I'm glad you can see that I busted my ass on this submission. I appreciate the review, and I can accept that my range wasn't as good as it should've been because I'm new to this, but your claim that I didn't rehearse much just doesn't fly with me. I worked for a month and a half on this and recorded each take several times, using what I thought worked well. Though you give me a perfect score for mixing, I believe that my lack of experience with mixing is probably factoring into what you perceive as half-assery. I also wish you would go into more depth as to why you took off points in the other categories.
Suezo's Easter Judging (V.A.C 6)
What up Art!
Its Easter and I figured that you deserved some reviews that you were promised. So I threw in my two cents as a peer reviewer.
Acting: You acting was great, but for goodness sakes man, don't be afraid to speak! you acting has much more potenial when you put you heart into it, this includes volume. Don't be afraid to shout when its called for. The characters were very diverse, and in a nice "dudely do-right" format. I can appreciate good work like that.
Continity: It was a little wonky in the beginning and end but you stayed on the subject of your story for the most part. The plot was nicely paced by the way: introduction, explanation, conflict, and then resolution. I think if you can just present it a little better with your acting you'll be on the right track.
Originality: I like the radio show idea you took. the sort of "rocky-and bullwinkle/ dudley do-right" thing you had going really set a nice mood for the picture you were painting. I suppose it from a continuing series you've already done. I'll have to check that out!
Range: This goes back to not being afraid to speak up. I think if you open up your voice a little more to the microphone you can explore many other varieties of voice than you would be limited to at that volume. I couldn't quite pinpoint the villian's voice though it was a little ambiguous.
Mixing: Be sure to go over your clips (mosty music) and balance them out with your voices. They seemed a bit overbaring at times. Also work on the timing between your music selections for better effect.
Great work Artell. Keep up the good stuff
Hey Suezo! Sorry for not replying immediately--I haven't been on NG for awhile because I've been writing a mega-long paper for college graduation. Thanks for the review!
I've always been soft-spoken, and I guess it shows in my voice acting. I try to avoid yelling because it tends to produce audio crackles, but maybe I just don't know how to do it right. I guess I need some more experience or teaching for speaking and mixing.
For continuity, the reason it was probably strange in the beginning was because I had to remove some portions to fit the submission under 6 minutes. I originally had more lines that might have made more sense in my submission, but they weren't as essential as were some other portions, so they got cut. Hopefully I'll find better ways to condense in the future.
I'm glad that I was able to produce an original work. I'm a big fan of the super-cheesy, old-timey media productions, and a radio show seemed like the best fit for an audio adaptation of my work. It may surprise you to say that this is actually the first submission of its kind; however, I like what I did here, so I might add to it in the future.
I agree with you about the range. I know that the narrator and the villain were very close in style; I was actually debating how to voice the narrator for awhile but eventually decided I just needed to pick something and run with it. I need to work on opening up my chest to make use of all my resonators, and project more effectively than I do now. Part of the reason it may have been more hushed is because I live in an apartment with three other college roommates, and I wanted to be courteous. Oh well!
I fully expected mixing to be my worst category, as I am inept in using Audacity. I need to sit down with it and experiment some more. Hopefully I can do much more now that I'm out of school.
I enjoyed reading this review, and I will be sure to take this information into account for future submissions. I'm also taking a few acting courses this summer, so hopefully they'll help sharpen my skills. I'm still very much interested in the vocals series, so please let me know if you need me to do anything else for that! I've also worked on a silly little script idea for my vocals series character; let me know if you want a copy! Keep up the good work and I hope to hear more from you soon!
Voice Acting Contest 6
"IC & RS Holiday Special" By: ArtellTheWanderer
Comments: Not sure if it was your mic or if you were just too close, but throughout most of the recording, the audio was kind of "vibrating" a bit. Main mixing conceern is that you need to lower the background music and SFX. The music especially, was on the verge of overtaking your vocals. Cutting from one music bed to another was a bit off as well. The range wasn't that great. While most of your voices were discernable, they weren't far apart in spectrum. One complaint about the acting is when crap is going down in the skit, the characters should be yelling, not doing that "quiet yell". Also, Crimson Chin much? lol. Overall I enjoyed the skit. Good idea. With better mixing, this could be very very good.
Hey man, I appreciate the review. I went into (much) greater detail in FatKid's post, so take a look-see over there for my thoughts. Good luck with your future endeavors!
You've been banned for making horrible films lol. The only issue I can see here is the voices only come out the left speaker, and the sound fx/music comes out of the right. However I think you did that on purpose, if so then it's cool lol. There were some clicks in the beginning but I love this man, great job. 10/10 5/5.
Damn I knew I should've picked a shorter song! lol.
Good luck with the contest buddy!
Aye, I'm still feeling my way around Audacity and getting comfortable with my microphone. The problem is that when I changed a track to Stereo, Audacity interpreted it as taking the voices for one sound source and the music as another. I'll be sure to fix it next time. I think I was in a hurry to get it submitted because I was afraid the acceptance process would take too long.
Good luck to you as well!