Posts Tagged ‘Cinema’

Interview with a vocal artist

In Listen, Read on August 26, 2010 at 7:30 am

On the NPR show “Fresh Air” Dave Davies interviews voice actor Billy West.  West’s voice credits include Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, Ren, Stimpy, Doug, and Popeye.  The interview runs around 30 minutes, and covers ground ranging from the genesis of certain voices to the challenge of doing multiple characters on Futurama:

It happens mostly in real time. Like if there’s a run within an act and there is, say, three characters involved that I do, and then there are some others that other people do, I’ll just keep reading through the script — one character, and then if another one pops up, I’ll do that in real time. We try to get a whole scene done, so I shift gears a lot.

West also shares the secret of nailing the Popeye voice, which has to do with emulating dual-toned Tuvan singers (skip to 17:00 on the audio, found by clicking “Listen to the story” at the top of the article page).

Via:  BoingBoing

Movie sound effects

In Read, Watch on August 9, 2010 at 7:56 am

Richard King is an Oscar-winning sound designer who most recently worked on Inception.  Wired takes a brief (spoiler-free) inside look at how he and his team went about capturing the sounds heard in the movie:

The field crew nabbed a van off and took it out to the Mojave desert to record ricochet sounds. Grabbing the full dynamic range of bullets hitting, puncturing, and bouncing off the van called for recording rigs at the point of impact and sometimes as far as 100 yards away.

Recording audio effects for <i>Inception</i>.

Recording audio effects for Inception.

Follow the link for more, including video of some car-sound recording (but not the gunfire, sorry).

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