ANCIENT JUDEAN HISTORY BOOK PROJECT ("lord_skylark" AT "yahoo" DOT "com")
[NOTE: PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, INSTEAD OF PMing ME]
I am seeking to gather together some voices for various characters in my ancient Judean history project, which consists of making audio versions of various history books related to Israel/Judah history (see below for full list). (Most of these are my personal translations or revisions of these documents.)
This is completely a non-profit Public Domain project. I have gathered quite a handful of people together, but some certain books of the project require more voices than available people to me, so I am seeking for some more. A majority of the main characters have been finished, and so most of what I am seeking are 'extras' whose part consists of merely a single line, or a paragraph or two; though there are a few that are a little longer.
FOR A LIST OF AVAILABLE PARTS SEE:
I am looking voices (primarily male, though there are a few female), from about 18 years or older, most being around the late 20's, to 30's (or at least sound that way), and some which are older (50+). [full list below]. Since this project is formed of different books, the same actor can be used *once* per book book, so I don't need a completely different actor for each character, provided they are found in different books.
Overall, I am looking for **realistic/natural** voices -- use your natural voice.
Please do not sound like you are reading, but acting [though if the character is reading a letter, this can sound more like he is reading, but maintain a reflective more realistic sound that is different from normal reading]
If the character in the book is shouting, shout like he would [don't fake it, fake shouting is *easy* to detect]. If he is addressing an army, actually perform the lines as if you are addressing an army. If sad, be sad. If rejoicing, rejoice. If he has a smile on his face, have one on your face.
If you do not know how to pronounce a word, please research this. Dictionary.com provides audio samples.
If you do not know how to pronounce a proper name (location/character/etc.) please contact me. (Many times I also pronounce a name differently than its normal incorrect English pronounciation.) Most of the pronunciations which I am using have been recorded and uploaded here (and I keep adding them as parts are taken with new ones): http://www.biblicalaudio.com/temp/words/
Here is an example of one of the finished projects (NOTE: non-music versions are currently not available)
[CHAPTER 14 & 15 are the best ones to listen to, I think, and give a good example at what I am aiming for]
There are definitely many more books on there to give you an example of what I am looking for.
Will pay $10.00USD per hour of completed audio. (Minimum $1.00.)
(This means that if it takes you two hours to come up with 15 minutes of finished audio, you get paid a total of $2.50.) This does *NOT* mean that you have to edit your takes of each line ahead of time -- I can edit together your takes afterward (and I would rather do this, because I have more experience than most people in editing and many of my clients are not the best at editing takes together to sound natural enough), but you will be getting paid for the amount of completed audio after either yourself, or I, do the editing.
Please remember that each voice actor may have one role per book.
(Example: one character in Maccabees, one character in Josephus etc -- see below for cast list)
After receiving an audition, you will be informed whether or not you are hired for the role. You will *NOT* be paid for audition time, or anything recorded before being approved. So unless you are volunteering time, please do not record excess in your audition. (However, if the audition is accepted, and the performance of the audition is acceptable, than that can go toward the final time.)
Retakes: If the reason for the retake is due to fault on your side, I do not compensate the time. If the reason for the retake is due to fault on my side, I will pay for the time involved.
Payments will be made via paypal. So if you don't have a paypal account (or know someone who has access to a paypal account), you will not be receiving a payment. [The only exception is if payment is required to be paid through an intermediate site.]
Payment will be sent upon receiving completed audio and verified for correct pronounciations and performance, and upon completion of *all* assigned characters for the project.
AUDITION & FORMAT:
For auditions, all that is necessary is a line or two (or a paragraph is the character is of significant length)
Please send to my email: "lord_skylark" AT "yahoo" DOT "com"
(there is an underscore "_" between "lord" and "skylark").
***For auditions, please have at least 192kbps MP3 / final versions will need to be sent in mono raw 'wav' format (or, if your original recording is not 'WAV', some sort of lossless format that can easily be converted to wav without suffering any loss of quality from compression, etc.).
***FileName Format -- "BOOK" / "CHARACTER" / "LINE" / "TAKE" [Book and character are the most important, as line numbers are not always stated clear -- just make sure that they are in manuscript order]
***PLEASE RECORD 5 SECONDS OF COMPLETE SILENCE (SILENT ROOM AMBIANCE) AT THE START OF EVERY RECORDING***
(NOTE: If your audition is not accepted for a certain character, it may be considered for another character.)
*Below are each of the character's *full* dialogue for each book. The lines have been isolated from the rest of the book and are colored coded (the color of the lines will match the color of the character's name at the top).
*For the audition, choose a couple lines from the character.
*I tried to include enough information to understand the complete context, but if this is not completely understandable, please refer to each book's complete text.
*Most voices require someone from 18-30 (or at least someone that sounds that way); this is true for most voices unless otherwise stated. Most of these characters are soldiers in the military, or commanders, or leaders and kings. These are estimated ages, and are somewhat flexible.
***With recording quality, there must be minimal to no room echo -- surround the microphone area with pillows if you have nothing else to absorb the sound. For suggestions on a cheap microphone set up which will remove most echo and make the audio quality sound more professional, see:
(see http://www.biblicalaudio.com/CheapReadingSetup.txt for suggestions)
Make sure that your audition demo is recorded with the equipment and environment that you will be using for your actual work.