Mar 6, 2011

In the studio. Angelo


I have been playing the voice of Angelo in Angelo Rules, with Macalla teoranta, recorded by Limestreet Sound, since the summer of 2010. It’s not surprising that I am quite comfortable in the booth as I have been doing cartoon voices for a very long time now; I have been playing cartoon characters since the year 2000! 
                                                                                  
Angelo Rules
Working in the booth -the box more or less, where the recording happens is always an interesting experience. The actor is separated from the director and technician by a heavy sound insulated door and double layered window and headphones are worn to hear what’s being said outside. There is an element of sensory deprivation involved, apart from the fact that there is a light, and there is also work to be done! ((:                                                     
The major difference between voicing a cartoon from scratch and re-voicing a cartoon, is that during the re-voicing process the lines must match the shape of the cartoon character’s mouth as they speak, (because the animation has been made to suit another language) therefore there is much more of an emphasis on timing. Yet creative boundaries can have their advantages; I believe some fine cartoons have been produced at Macalla and in my humble opinion they are most usually better then their original counterparts.

Of course I have had my favourite characters over the years such as Nanette in Angela Anaconda, and Portia in the Weirdoes; and Angelo is definitely a contender with the best of them. 
                                                                                                       
The funniest thing is that after the session ends, the voice takes a little while to wear off completely; rather like pushing your arms against a door frame -the muscles continue with the action automatically for a while longer after stepping away. But maybe it's just me that hears it.
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Angelo Rules, Monday-Friday 3.25pm TG4                                                          
                                                                                                        
Táim ag déanamh léiriú ar pháirt Angelo in Angelo Rules, cartún ar TG4 le Macalla teoranta, taifeadtha ag Limestreet Sound, ó lár an tsamhraidh 2010. Táim ag obair le Macalla ón bhliain 2000!                                                                                          
Is rud faoi leith é a bheith sa bhoth, bosca nach mór, ina ndéantar taifeadadh ar an nguth. Tá an t-aisteoir iomlán scartha amach ón stiúrthóir agus teicneoir, taobh thiar d'fhuinneog agus de dhoras trom toirtiúil fuaimdhíonach, agus caithfear cluasán a chaitheamh le go gcloisfí daoine taobh amuigh. Tá beagáinín den dhíth chéadfach, sensory deprivation, i gceist leis seachas go bhfuil solas ann agus go bhfuil obair le déanamh chomh maith! ((:                                                
                                                                                                    
Ní nach ionadh, go bhfuilim measartha suaimhneach sa bhoth faoin dtráth seo 'théis dom an oiread de bhlianta a chaitheamh ag déanamh na guthanna cartúin.                                                          
                                                                                                      
An mór difir idir an guthú agus an athghuthú ná go gcaithfear a bhfuil á rá a chur in oiriúint do chruth béil an charachtair cartúin agus iad ag caint, mar go bhfuil an bheochan (animation) curtha in oiriúnt do theanga eile. De ghnáth tá i bhfad níos mó de thábhacht ar tráthúlacht na línte dá bharr.                                          
                                                                                                          
É sin ráite uaireanta is féidir le teorainn a bheith ina chabhair.
Táim ag ceapadh go bhfuil an-chuid cartún maithe ‘théis teacht ó Mhacalla agus is gnách leo a bheith níos fearr ná an leagan bhéarla. Ar ndóigh i gcaitheamh na hama tá carachtair faoi leith gur rogha liom, ceann acu ná Nanette in Angela Anaconda, agus Portia sna Weirdoes; ach is cinnte go bhfuil Angelo ar ceann dos na cinn is fearr.                                                      
Rud atá rud beag barrúil faoi ná nach n-imíonn an guth láithreach ‘théis an sesiúin a chríochnú; ar nós lámha a bhrú i gcoinne fráma an dhorais –leanann leis na matáin ar na lámha a bhrú agus fráma an dorais fágtha taobh thiar. Ach b'fhéidir mé fhéin amháin a chloiseann. 
Angelo Rules, Luain go hAoine 3.25i.n TG4                                          
                                                                                                            

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