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Small update, and the beauty of the Web

On Sunday, I hosted a voice artist session for the characters of my webshow. It went freaking great.

I’ll admit that the one thing that really made me decide on pursuing this cartoon endeavor was the discovery of my sound guy/editor. Cartoons are extremely sound-and-dialogue dependent, much more than live action, because at the very least you can record the raw sound live. In animation, every noise and cue and beat has to be created, either from scratch or a in-depth sound library. It has to be mixed well and smoothed out and timed and so many other different elements that, unless I paid someone to do it, would be impossible on my end.

My sound guy worked in animation and now does video editing for a major video game company. He LOVES to edit sound, so when I so humbly asked him to assist with the project, he said yes. He joined me on the voice artist session and provided an amazing set of insights to my own script! Even though the session lasted about 5 hours, it was very productive, and we managed to keep the energy going until the very end. I’m really proud, and frankly surprised, that the entire session went off without a hitch.

The next step is meeting with my actual animator, who at this point agreed to be the art director as well, to discuss the overall “look” of the show – color palette (the animation equivalent of cinematography), banner/logo designs, perspectives, themes, fonts, and all that good stuff. He’s also a good friend, and I’m hoping that should go well, too.

The beauty of all this is the voice over session took place entirely on the web. My sound guy, the voice actors, and I met on Skype. Each VO actor had recorded their voices on Audacity, a freeware voice recording program. I gave them FTP access to some webspace to upload the large audio files for me and my sound guy to access. All these things were free, save for the 10 bucks a year for webspace anyway. In this day and age, there’s so much people can truly do for cheap and free, but the really great thing is that these tasks can be done across the nation; hell, even around the world. I’m in NY; my sound guy is in California. My VO actors were in Tennessee, Ohio, and Georgia.

Sure, you hear this all the time, but how often have you really “applied” this idea, beyond cell phone chatting and instant messaging? How often do people really get work done using the full range of the internet and all it’s capabilities beyond Facebook and, let’s say, Linkedin? The key is like talking to a girl. You just have to ask.



Introducing the Cast of my Upcoming Webtoon!

My apologizes, again, for the lack of updates, as I had to prepare the cast for my webtoon for their formal introductions.

Dylan the catMeet Dylan Montgomery.

Dylan is a tabby cat with a panache for the finer things in life. He’s driven to succeed, meticulous and clean, and fancies himself as an intellectual. He’s approachable, but every so often he does get a bit haughty, being from a wealthy family. He’s aware of this, though, and tries to keep his more pompous mannerisms in check.

His moralistic sense tends to be stronger than his will to succeed, disapproving of illegal, unethical, or corrupt methods in order to get ahead, which ends up hurting his chances more than he believes.

David the human
Meet David White.

David is boring, because he’s a human. Beyond that, he’s an aspiring artist who’s actually pretty good at his work, but not so much with hobnobbing and networking. Slightly geeky and very skinny, David knows a little about everything, but can never commit because, like so many post-college graduates, he has no idea what he wants to do -exactly-.

He looks like a hipster, and he can talk like one, but he certainly isn’t one. In fact, he hates them, despite knowing deep down his chances with them are better than making it out there in commercial art.

Chase the dogMeet Chase Rabin.

Chase is a beagle, a canine of adventure and fun. Former urbanized street banger and part frat-boy wannabe, Chase has the energy of a thousands suns inside him, waiting to burst out. Somehow he forces himself to control this (sans meds), simply letting out his excitement through crass jokes, minor acts of aggression, and the free use of bodily functions.

His enjoyment of simple pleasures masks lack of ambition masks his underlying intelligence and willful attitude. He -can- be more productive if he wants to be, but… well, he doesn’t want to be.


Things are coming together. I have the voices selected, which will begin recording this month, and I have the script for the short 98% done. Come September, I hope to have the storyboards in the works!


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