Welcome to Resnick Interactive’s Spotlight Series. Twice a week, we take a little peek into the most pressing topics in today’s voice over industry. From services, to products, to the latest happenings, we’re revealing trade secrets and bringing you all the latest information. This week, we shine the spotlight on our enfolding Gormiti Sessions.
We kicked off Day 1 of Gormiti recording sessions with former child and teen actor, Thomas Ian Nicholas. You might remember him from the American Pie franchise, or– depending on how old you are– Rookie of the Year. He’s got a great voice for children’s products and lots of range— so you know what that means– we had him record many characters.Gormiti is an adventure show from Italy now airing on Cartoon Network. The work we’re doing on Gormiti is technically English language dubbing work. Though it feels like the actors are creating the roles (in a way, they are, in the English language) because the animation is already set, we have to match it.
Compare this to, say, Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse, and you see a very different process. There, we record the actors exactly how we want the line. The animators match the recorded audio.
Matching lip flap becomes a huge component of the day. Not only which take was the best performance? but also, which take matched the best.
Also, because it’s a translation from another language, sometimes, you have to get creative to make the translation flow, mean the correct thing, and match the lip flap. It’s a balancing act for sure.
Being prepared is everything when it comes to voice over production. From the engineers, to the actors and every cog in the Resnick wheel. Luckily, we cast some of the best Los Angeles voice over talent working today. All that contributes to the team mentality. Everyone needs to be ready to tweak the script or the performance to make it work– cutting, adding or streamlining due to translation issues.
In the beginning, while we were establishing our pace and rhythms on a new show, we lost some time. But we found our groove, and once we did, were able to make up the time and at the end of week one recording, we’re 13 episodes down and 39 more to go!