VOICE AND BODY EXERCISEEXERCISE 1: RELAX YOUR MINDEXERCISE 2: RELAX YOUR BODYEXERCISE 3: RELAX YOUR NECKEXERCISE 4: RELAX YOUR ARMSEXERCISE 5: RELAX YOUR FACEEXERCISE 6: HORSE LIPSEXERCISE 7: RELAX YOUR TONGE
VOICE AND BODY EXERCISEEXERCISE 8: YAWNINGEXERCISE 9: THE CORK EXERCISEEXERCISE 10: THE SWEEPEXERCISE 11: ENUNCIATION EXERCISESSPECIFIC LETTER SOUNDSSHORT PHRASESTONGUE TWISTERS
VOICE AND BODY EXERCISEI slit a sheet; a sheet I slit, upon the slitted sheet Isit.A proper cup of coffee in a copper coffee pot.A big black bug bit a big black bear, and the bigblack bear bled blood.The sixth sick sheik’s sixth sheep’s sick.Better buy the bigger rubber baby buggy bumpers.Licorice Swiss wrist watch.Tom told Ted today to take two tablets tomorrow.The bloke’s back brake block broke.
Specific Letter Sounds—do each fourtimes, then reverse for four more.Make a clear distinction between the sounds of each letter.Gudda-Budda (Budda-Gudda)[Emphasize the “B” and “G” sounds.]Peachy-Weachy (Weachy-Peachy)[Emphasize the “P” and “W” sounds.]Fea-Sma (Sma-Fea) [pronounce as FEH-SMA][Emphasize the difference between the “EH” and “AH” sounds.]Lip-Sips (Sip-Lips)[Make the “P” sound clear and don’t drop the “S” after lips or sips.]TTT-DDD (Tee Tee Tee, Dee Dee Dee)[Emphasize the difference between the “T” sound and the “D”sound.]PPP-BBB (Puh Puh Puh, Buh Buh Buh)[The “PUH” sound should be more breathy and have lessvocalizing than the “BUH” sound.]KKK-GGG (Kuh Kuh Kuh, Guh Guh Guh)
ESSENTIALS1. A DECENT SPEAKING VOICE Voice Acting is not about your voice – it’sabout what you can do with your voice.2. EXCELLENT READING SKILLS Reading not memorizing3. AN ABILITITY TO ACT AND TAKE DIRECTION Change delivery in an instant4. PASSION Time, Energy and money
Vocalizing Characters1. Most Character and animation voices are anexaggeration of specific vocal characteristic orattitudes.2. Character Voices can be difficult to sustain forlong periods of time.3. Be careful not to overexert or injure yourselfwhen doing character voices4. A forced voice is rarely the most effective, isdifficult to sustain, and can actually cause physicaldamage to your vocal cords.5. The most effective character voices are thosethat emphasize or exaggerate the attitudes andemotions of the character you are portraying.
Animation and Character Voices• Character and Story Analysis are mostimportant with this type of copy.• Consistency is extremely important incharacter voice work.• Most animation voice actors have a repertoireof several voices. Versatility.• In addition to voices and sounds for animation:dialects, foreign and regional accents, and evencelebrity impersonation.• Celebrity Voice Impersonations are often themost challenging because they are well known.(Usually done in the context of a humorouscommercial/exaggerated.
6 Critical Elements of a Character Voice •1. Pitch (Higher or lower than your own?) •2. Pitch Character (Gravelly? Breathy? Husky? Constricted?) •3. Tempo (Faster or slower than your own?) •4. Rhythm (Loping? Vocal thumb print) •5. Placement (Nasal? Back of Throat? Normal?) •6. Mouth Work (Accent? Lisp? Tight Lips?)
Voice Placement – Finding your Voice By Body Top of head (tiny) Behind Eyes (nasal) Top of Cheeks (bright) Front of Mouth (crisp) Under tongue (sloppy) Diaphragm (strong) Loose cheeks (mushy) Back of throat (breathy) Nose (nasal) Throat (raspy) Stomach (low)
The Sweep Method Vocal Range is important for achieving emotional attitudes and dynamics in your performance. Range from the lowest note to the highest note Take a deep breath, hold, release slowly by saying HAAAAAA sound. Gradually increase the pitch of your voice, sweeping from low to high. HELP: Hold your hands near your stomach and gradually raise your hands to raise the pitch.
BREATH CONTROL AND FLEXIBILITY EXERCISE Villain: You must pay the rent. GIRL (in your Girl: I can’t pay the rent. highest Villain: You must pay the rent. possible pitch) VILLAIN ( in Girl: But I can’t pay the rent. your lowest Hero: I’ll pay the rent. possible pitch) Girl: My Hero. HERO (In your own beautiful Villain: Badtrip… Palpak na naman. Hay!... Girl: Mwaaah (kisses the Hero) voice) Hero: Sarrraaaap!! Heheheh!
Tips for Character and Animation CopyCharacter voice work can be challenging, but lots of fun.1. Understand your character and situation. Remember that acting is reacting. In animation, you often must make up what you are reacting to.2. Discover who the audience is and understand how the audience will relate to the character.3. Maintain a consistent voice throughout the copy and be careful not to injure your voice by stretching too far to create a character. It is better to pull back a little and create a voice that can be maintained rather than push too hard for a voice you can only sustain for one or two pages.
4. Be willing to exaggerate attitudes or personality traits for the sake of finding the voice.5. If a drawing, photo, or picture of the character is available, use it as a tool to discover the personality of the character.6. Find the place in your body from which the voice will come.7. Experiment with pitch, pitch characteristics, tempo, rhythm, placement, and mouth work to discover the most appropriate vocal delivery for your character.8. Experiment and use your physical-ness to take on the physical characteristics of the character. Physicalize the moment and the voice will follow.