Archive for February 10, 2008

Quote: WGAW President Patric Verrone

February 10, 2008

Tick-Tock (Continuously Updated): WGA Leaders Declare “Huge Victory”; Writer-Mogul Deal Informally OKed By WGA East And West; Today Leaders Voted To End Strike; Members Will Decide Tuesday; Hollywood Back To Work Wednesday? (TV Showrunners Will Return Monday)

It is not all that we hoped for, and not all that we deserved.

The Writers Guild will regret signing that agreement.

When the strike is declared over, I’ll remove the support sticker in my banner.


CeBit: The Return Of The Selection?

February 10, 2008

Oh the Germans will know what I mean by that headline!

Tam is pointing out that those who do online coverage are being given different badges than the alleged “regular” press for this year’s CeBit.

CeBit press department discriminates bloggers/online mediums…once again

He contrasts the badge he got last year …


… with the one he’s gotten this year:


This happened at the recent CES too.

It will be interesting to see what this actually means once Tam is at CeBit. Will there be facilities separate from the dinosaur press? Will it be second-class facilities? What about having access to press events scheduled by exhibitors?

Personally, this designation wouldn’t bother me a bit (in those very rare times I’d actually go one of these nasty events). Any exhibitor with a brain knows that the real and best word gets out on the Net — and not in ink and not really by TV, either. So I’d expect an exhibitor to treat a Net correspondent no differently than the dinosaur press — if not actually better.

Besides, we all know that the dying dinosaur press turns to competing coverage on the Net to fact-check.

Well, that’s when they bother with facts.

She Will Kill Herself In Less Than 90 Days From Now

February 10, 2008

90 Day Jane
I’m Going to Kill Myself in 90 Days

I am going to kill myself in 90 days. What else should i say? This blog is not a cry for help or even to get attention. It’s simply a public record of my last 90 days in existence.

It’s a free Blogger blog.

Probably in deep violation of the TOS.

Expect it to go away before she does.

Tell Them, Wil!

February 10, 2008

Wil Wheaton defends voice acting.

I’ve been fortunate enough to spend a lot of time doing voice work, both for video games and for animation, and it is not easy. “Down on their luck actors” don’t get to just walk into a studio and wave around their list of long-forgotten on-camera achievements in exchange for a job. You can only get cast in these jobs — and keep them — if you have the skills and talent to earn them. It’s an incredibly closed community where the gates are jealously guarded by people who work very, very hard to get inside, and once you’re there, you have to constantly work your ass off to stay there, because there are so many people working just as hard to take your place.

I believe it.

I’ve heard great voice actors — most of those who’ve voiced Gerry Anderson’s Sueprmarionation series — and horrible ones (I’ll not get specific, but hint hint).

Wheaton is absolutely correct when he writes:

Here’s a shocking truth: a lot of so-called “A-list” celebrities don’t have what it takes to succeed in voice acting, because it’s an entirely different set of skills, and an entirely different work ethic. It’s hard, and it’s competitive, and it’s not someplace “down on their luck actors with distinct voices” go when they can’t go anywhere else.

I was startled by the contrast in approaches to voice acting Anderson used in the original Captain Scarlet versus New Captain Scarlet.

First, the original Scarlet:

The voices are crisp, mature, and actually dramatic and lively.

And now here’s New Scarlet:

Sorry, but the voices are just … flaccid.

Anderson believed that the additional “realism” of CGI should be accompanied by a more naturalistic style of vocalizing. As uncov used to say: FAIL!

There have also been several major CGI movies that have come out in the last few years that also suffer from bad voicing. It’s hard to tell if it’s the actors themselves (all who are Big Names) or the direction (if any!) they were given. Enunciation is only a smart part of voicing. The voice must convey life and emotion and the appropriate drama.

In Anderson’s instance, the one voice to make the transition between the two Scarlets was that of Colonel White. And I guess because of the maturity of the voice itself, it made the leap in approaches successfully.