Hey all! So I'm working on this animation project and I'm almost done with it. The last thing I need to do is add a voice, but I'm sick and my voice sounds terrible. Plus even when I'm not sick I don't think I have the right voice for what I'm going for.

I don't know if anyone would be interested in helping me, but I figured I'd put the offer out there anyway.

My character is a ghost, but I was thinking of giving it a goofy voice because it would (Hopfully) throw off the audience. All he says is "Oh, dear, I think I left the kettle on!" 

I have the very first draft of the animation as an unlisted video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3VVDocRLmg if anyone is interested.

Anyhoo, thanks for your time! -Atafrd

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When I click on your Youtube link, I get "this video is unavailable".

My voice is terrible even when I'm well, or I'd try it.  Not so much goofy as thin, flat, and dull.  I did a voice myself for a minor character in my film, but it sucked.  So I then got someone else to do the same lines and re-animated the scene to fit the new reading of the lines.    Hope someone volunteers for you.

Oh, I'm sorry! I had it as private and not unlisted. I fixed it though so hopefully it will work. :)

I shouldn't have any trouble with having to change animation because none of my characters have faces yet. I'm still deciding weather I should get a program that can draw over my animation for a mixed-media type film. I was going to try lip-syncing it with the actual puppets, but this is only my second clay animation and I got scared and changed my mind.

Anyway, thanks for your hope and time! Have a lovely day. 

Must be an actors' or filmmakers group near you, or even someone you know who has the right voice for it. Then all you have to do is get them and a decent recorder/mic together....

Alas, I live in a small town. We don't have much of anything here, so finding actors is hard. My brother was originally going to help me because he has TONS of great voices he can use, but he won't do it anymore for some reason. 

We actually bought a good professional microphone for these type of things, too.

Thanks, though.

I was thinking what Simon mentioned. I don't know if this will help, but the local community college where I live (middle of nowhere Pennsylvania) has voiceover/voice acting classes as part of their curriculum. I have absolutely no idea why, bc this area has no need for it. There's like one or two radio DJ's that do all the commercial work for radio and tv (from the sounds of it, lol). 

Anyway, it might be a starting point to finding someone(s) in your area.

That's an interesting thought, though I'm not very close to a college town. It's worth a shot though.

Thanks, Dennis. :)

I thought some more, and remembered there are online sites with voice-over artists. Generally you will have to pay money, so that might be a deterrent.

This one has people who will do a voice for $5: http://lp.fiverr.com/lp-voiceover/?u_sou=google&u_med=cpc&u...

Another site: http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/casting-call/

Often what you get are announcer-type voices, though some people do both. But this one seems to be specifically for cartoon voice actors - which would fit in with the goofy voice idea: http://www.cartoonactors.com

There will be many more if you search for Voice Actors, but these are a couple I had saved.

This is very helpful, Nick! Thank you for sending me these links. I'm definitely going to check them out! Even if it doesn't work out this time, I'll keep them in mind for future projects. :) Thanks again!

I admit, I haven't watched the video, but I would recommend recording then modulating voices in a program like audacity. some famous voices (like soundwave's) were done in a process like this

I put up an ad- Now we wait.

I have Audacity, though I'm not very good at editing voices. (I usually cut music and such with it.) Though that is a good idea, I can look up tutorials on YouTube for some ideas. Thanks for the idea. :)

Link Aran said:

I admit, I haven't watched the video, but I would recommend recording then modulating voices in a program like audacity. some famous voices (like soundwave's) were done in a process like this

What  kind of ghost voice are you looking for, Atalissa? Within that category of character, there are a great many varieties. This became apparent to me while watching "Music of the Night" from Phantom of the Opera. The title character has a ghostly-sounding voice, but each actor in the role has brought a different personality to it. Some are tenors and sing in head voice with a lot of vibrato throughout, others belt the song, and still others speak-sing, cry, whine, or shout it. There have been very strong, thick-toned Phantoms, and others have had wispy and thin voices.

In the world of old cartoons, there are big ghosts with squeaky high voices and small ghosts with bassy deep voices. Some are twangy, and others are hooty. You are probably looking for a very specific voice and tone for your ghost character, so more detail about who he is and what his attitude is like would help flesh out the character as a voice- even if he only has one line to say. As Tom Hanks in the making of Toy Story demonstrated, you can speak a single line many different ways, and it's the words you emphasize that determine their meaning as a phrase. 

For example, maybe the ghost is being sarcastic about caring that he left the teakettle on. He could be reveling in the fact that causing it to boil over will scare the people who live in the house he's haunting, which adds a layer of dimension to his character...He's a playful poltergeist!

I probably took this a little deep, but that's the essence of acting, whether it's with your body or your voice- you're pretending to be someone or something else and, given enough details about the part you're playing, you can play the character to the degree that no one would recognize you as the actor.

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