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[3 of 4] Making the Audience Cry and Laugh for You, The Voice File Assessment Day

Contributed by Dea Panganiban


As the Taal volcano awakens, so does the workshop participants during their scheduled voice filing this week. With the help of Mr. Reymar Peña, technical director of Creative Studios, each student was able to generate a set of voice files. Finishing as late as 3:00 in the morning, the students await the judgment day. 

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 Inside the recording booth with the technical director
Photo credit: Marco Tolentino


The second half of the workshop month begins. Mr. Danny "Ama" Mendia jump-starts the morning by playing the voice files produced by the Friday group as the playback concludes. being a great instructor as he is, Mr. Mandia trains the students, not only by making them create a voice file but analyzing others' work as well. 


With over 10 files played, students learned that every reaction must have different variations. This deviates from the norm of which a dubber says the lines just for the sake of saying it. There should be a concept of how the voice artist acts it out. Plus, being mindful of the character's facial expression. Mr. Mandia points out as well that reading is not acting.



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Danny Mandia talks about reaction variation
Photo credit: JM Vista


Additionally, having a character reference helps a voice artist perform the character presented to him/her. Being a keen observant of the environment also gives the artist a point of view for the profile s/he landed with. To aid with this, building a database after performing character research is a great start. It doesn't need to be a page long list. Starting with 3, one from each voice register is fine. 


A visit from Blair Arellano gave the students insight as a voice talent at an early age. The man who voiced Naruto (season 1-4), gave the accounts of his journey as a voice talent. From the time he was an actor to how he started his voice acting career. He finished off his story with the three things one should keep in mind if s/he aspires to be great at this craft - passion, attitude, and talent. 


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Blair tells his journey leading to becoming a voice artist
    Photo credit: JM Vista


Completing the third session is an individual exercise. Each student will read a line from a script, giving it the emotion appropriate for it. But what was harder was the second round of the exercise. Mr. Mandia asked them to deliver the line crying. Use of their voice to draw out a response from anyone who listens. 


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        Student voice acting a line while using crying emotion
Photo credit: JM Vista


Because their face is not on the screen, students must make the audience cry for them just by their voice. And that's not easy to do. In time, as the dubbing director himself said, there will come a time that everyone will be able to be in that character in a blink of an eye. Without pinching the eye, putting Vicks in the eyelid, or internalizing. Practice will be the key.


Before the day draws to an end, the VoiceMaster, Mr. Pocholo Gonzales dropped by. Because he will not be around next week, Mr. Gonzales congratulated the students in advance for completing the workshop. He has dubbed the students - the CreatiVoicers. He urges them to document everything they do in dubbing. To create their history. As Mr. Pocholo's parting words, "Be the voice that creates change." 

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