Sunday, March 16, 2008

Kitten with String

A couple weeks ago I asked a friend from a very long time ago if he would be interested in helping me with the script for "In For A Penny." We went over the first five I'd done then he wanted some alone time with it. Seventeen pages later, he's gone a little crazy with it. That makes for a rather long work, and may force IFAP to become episodic instead of a short piece.

Length isn't the most daunting thing though... it's Voice Acting. I didn't originally envision this with that many characters, simply because I have no one I know that is a Voice Actor per se, but I'm currently looking at at least 13 parts - small ones mostly, but still needing people willing to help. I put out the call to friends, and received a moderate amount of interest, and everyone that responded was sent test lines so I could see how their mic and voice sounded while reading lines...

Three weeks later I have four, yes four, people that have sent me back just the couple test lines. I feel in an awkward position. Somehow this little project I wanted to create just to create and share has expanded to something I cannot accomplish without finding people I don't know to aid me, and it puts me in a position I wasn't expecting. I can't imagine asking a stranger to read lines for me, for a project that is simply a monetarily free project created in the spirit of, well, creating. So really, I don't know what to do... I really think this project could swim or sink based simply on who I find for the lead parts, and I've really started to wonder what I've gotten myself into... and whether it's worth continuing.

Maybe I should have all the voices chat like Charlie Brown's mom and just use dialogue... in fact, I think Hollywood should do a remake of Casablanca just like that. We can call it... CasaWawa.

Compounding this is the idea that Machinima always seemed to me as a great refuge of the amateur is becoming a competition of special effects and cinematic programs, where Machinimators are looking to move into Hollywood-level production. It seems Machinima is being looked at as a vehicle to success; I've noticed an increase in Machinima related hosting sites recently, many being created and launched with some new movie in the hope to jetison their site to success. It makes me wonder if expectations for films to be professional grade will kill Machinima for 'kittens with string' like myself. I certainly hope not.

<3 A Kitten with String


Anonymous said...

I normally wouldn't make myself available as a voice actor, as I do my best work behind the camera, lol. But if you need an actress for "In for a Penny" I'd be more than willing to lend a hand. It's only fair considering the big help you were in my movie. If you want a sample of my voice, watch "Welcome to the Jungle" by David Ciavarella on WCM. I did the voice of the woman. ^^

Mark Gilbert said...

Also, if all else fails, you can do what I did and go to the and post your script there. For me, after being stalled for months, it was worth the trouble.

Selserene said...

Thanks Khandy, I'm hunting for the male lead atm... but there may be a female or two needing a voice in the future. =)

Deoridhe said...

This may be coming out of left field, but I loved your prologue for In for a Penny, so if you need another female voice actor I'd be willing to give it a try, try out, whatever.

You can read me through my blog; I think there's a way to email there.

I really look forward to seeing the whole thing, in any case!!