Pat Fraley's latest voice over home study course, Game World: Video Game Performance & Audition Schools, offers five weeks of instruction, from September 11 to October 10, 2015.
Voicing Video Games: Three Techniques
For When The Director Wants More Takes
August 21, 2015
By Pat Fraley
Voice Actor & Trainer
As I am putting together my new home course about performing and auditioning for video games, I’ve been thinking of a performance technique I could share that would benefit everybody in one short lesson.
Here it is.
With video game work we are usually required to do three takes in a row on each single line of dialogue. When the direction calls for a series of three, I think, "I’ll do it right once and wrong twice.”
What they want are three different, viable takes on the line. The added challenge is that after you do your three, sometimes the director says, "Great. I liked your second take. Do three more focusing on that.”
I have a hard time remembering what I did, as I was busy acting. So here are three "Series of Three Techniques” I use for giving them a variety, and having a shot at remembering what I did if they want me to circle back on an approach.
THE GOLDILOCKS SERIES
Perform the line, too hot, too cold, and then, just right.
THE SALLY FIELDS SERIES
Perform the line as if you like the person you are speaking to, dislike them, and are indifferent to them.
THE HIDE-AND-SEEK SERIES
Performing as if three people can hear you, one person hears you and one person can hear in secret.
Pat Fraley is one of the top 10 performers of all time to be cast in TV animation roles, and has been teaching acting, voice and performing for over 40 years. He is also a renowned voice over trainer and author, conducting workshops and speaking at conferences across the U.S. and near his Hollywood home base of Los Angeles. Also the creator a unique acting method to address the rapid-fire needs of the voice over world, he is the recipient of many awards, including the Emmy, Audie, Annie and in 2014, the Backstage Vanguard Award for Education.
Game World: Video Game Performance & Audition Skills home course, Sept. 11-Oct. 10, 2015
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