Achieve Video Game Success
A Melbourne company producing a video game for an American publisher
approached The Rehearsal Room with a tricky problem to solve.
They had a deadline to meet within the next 32 hours. This deadline
required character voices to be added to the game to complete
this phase of development. American actors had recorded the voices
in the US, but feeling that the American performances were lack-lustre
the Melbourne company wanted to re-record the soundtrack. The
Rehearsal Room was interested in taking up the challenge and
four actors happy to donate there services turned up the next
day to meet the challenge.
Room process (click
here for more details) in a makeshift sound booth
the actors worked in shifts from 11am in the morning till 8pm
that night recording the voices. Between 8pm and 9pm the go
takes were selected. By 9.30pm they had been delivered
and by 10.30pm they were loaded into the game. By midnight the
completed demonstration phase of the game was available for the
American publishers to assess.
Future for Acting and Games Production
The Melbourne company was very impressed with the
performances given by The Rehearsal Room actors. They had well
and truly surpassed the efforts of the American recordings. They
even surpassed the expectations of the Melbourne producers. We
didnt believe it could be this good, they said.
This demonstration phase of the games construction is now
complete. It has not only achieved the approval of the Ämerican
publishers but also got the go ahead from Sony US to be released
on Play Station 2.
Although no money
changed hands on this occasion for The Rehearsal Room or the
actors there are high hopes that the final recording of the sound
track for this game and maybe many others in the future will
use Rehearsal Room actors and facilities.
As the inevitable demand for quality performances in games escalates
it will become more and more relevant for actors to understand
the challenges of this medium. The Rehearsal Room
is uniquely positioned to cater for this market locally and internationally.
Plans to cast and direct actors as characters in computer games
for both pre-rendered animation sequences and real-time game
play are being negotiated by The Rehearsal Room. This is a challenging
performance area awaiting actors with a strong performance process.
The final week of
this term has had four different casting directors assessing
Rehearsal Room actors. The consistency of Rehearsal Room process
was clear with very positive comments emanating from the Casting
Directors. Nick Hamon, who regularly meets,
assesses and advises actors in the Advanced (Level One) Workshop,
congratulated the actors on how well everyone was listening.
is a fundamental skill for an actor. This Advanced Workshop focuses
especially on building active listening skills.
evening Casting Director Jo Rippon assessed
the Advanced (Level Two) Workshop and the Level One MASTER CLASS.
Rehearsal Room actor PAUL COUSINS said of this night
an actors perspective it was great to have such an experienced
casting director visibly impressed with what she was confronted
with in regards to all our performances.
also made very positive comments about the simplicity and effectiveness
of The Rehearsal Room view of process.
Sarell said that these very positive comments all relate to the
fact that good process produces good results. Its
a very simple and clear equation for all actors.
- Sonja Williams
Last week three of the Casting Directors who attended The Rehearsal
Room were asked to nominate the three main elements
they were they were looking for from an auditioning actor. For
their collected view of the essentials of audition process CLICK HERE.
Home and Away
actor PAUL O'BRIEN is returning to Melbourne
for a couple of days and wanted to attend a Rehearsal Room workshop
during his visit. As Rehearsal Room workshops are in recess at
the moment (between terms 3 and 4), a special evening is being
organized. The Rehearsal Room has invited a small group of actors
to spend an evening playing with half a dozen specially selected
scenes. Everyone is looking forward to the night.
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