Another weekend has come and gone.
But, it did not go to waste.
I recorded some voices for two…Count ‘em; 1,2…Episodes!
Now, mind you we have not been picked up yet. I cannot tell you what the title is of anything we are working on yet (got to work out the copyright stuff). Granted, the sessions don’t take place in a real studio like Klasky Csupo. But, the recording sessions take do place in a [somewhat] soundproof room in an industrial park in the Chicago suburbs…Away from prying eyes.
This is the very lovely, delightful, and talented Anita Nicole Brown! (Click on her name and you will see her credentials…Very impressive!)
(L to R) Scott James (THE sound guy), Mr. James Nickley; Jr. (The grand poobah), and his faithful assistant Harley Quinn (seated…on his lap)
And of course…Your’s truly;
Turdbrain O’bannon ME! What? No pop-screen?! I have been known to project my voice and over emphasize my “P’s”. No popping here! Scott is that good of a sound guy! But, it looks like I am having trouble pronouncing something… Me: “Duh…How do you pronounce this?”. JIM: “A”. ;)
Here’s the script of one of the episodes. As a reminder, I have the actual titles blocked until we get it copywritten (as of this writing)…and I am in dire need of a manicure (need to stop using a bastard file on the ol’ talons). We still have to edit and make it look presentable to the Library of Congress U.S. Copyright Office (correct spelling and grammar). Don’t want anyone to copy our writing! Capiche?
And there you have it!
That is just a small sample of what goes into a fledgling animation project.
I just want to say, personally, that when I work one of these sessions, I have some of the best times of my life! The companionship and camaraderie are second to none! I especially liked working with Anita. She is a true professional and, well…I am a huge fan! I kind of geek out every time I have to drive her from Chicago (I live on the Illinois/Wisconsin border) to the sessions some 15 or so extra miles away. Well, heck! I spent over 2 hours cleaning, vacuuming and deodorizing my
bucket car for the first time in almost a year (the weather has been kind of wet) the day before. We had pleasant conversations about projects (very interesting), cracked jokes; we have kind of the same sense of humor. She thought it was funny when I referred to one of my iTunes playlists as “Middle-Aged White Man Music” (AC/DC, Kiss, Lenny Kravitz, Cycle Sluts from Hell). I let her choose the music, though; she likes swing, jazz, blues…So do I! I like all kinds of music…Seriously (except Abba, Tears For Fears, Blood Sweat and Tears, and techno…Bubblegum music and video game sounds-for-music are just not my bag). Our exchange in dialogue during the sessions were almost seamless. Her husband is a lucky guy (he deserves her. He’s a cop)!
Can you imagine if I do “make it” in the biz? And I have to ride to a session with someone like…oh a Maurice LaMarche, Tara Strong, Yeardley Smith, Townsend Coleman, or Nancy Cartwright?
The conversation with myself planning this
in my penthouse in Century City would be like this:
"Hmm…Let’s see… A [stretch/armored] chrome
Cadillac Maserati limo with tinted windows; none of that Mazda* crap! A driver; I have the worst luck with potholes and I tend to take the scenic route much to the chagrin of passenger(s). A killer sound system; Alpine or Blaupunkt with Sirius/XM and Bluetooth. No stock radio/CD player…and no “Middle-Aged White Man Music” on the iPhone either! Even if one of them likes Abba, play it and like it, dammit! Well, shoot! Better yet, hire a string quartet! They’ll play in the back seat! Cohiba and/or Montecristo cigars. Dunhill cigarettes. Espresso maker. Dom Perignon 2008, Johnny Walker Blue label, Stoli/Carpano Antica vermouth and fresh olives imported from Italy (no Jewel or Ralph’s crap) in the mini-bar with sterling silver martini shaker and crystal glasses. Puncture proof tires. Hot tub…Then we take the helicopter (with same bells and whistles) to the studio. Don’t forget the pilot…Yup! Time to look into a second mortgage just to pick up my colleagues!”
It is good to dream. Dreams are what make us strive and work harder to achieve what we want. If I had all the money in the world, I would have done all of that for Anita and anyone that I have worked with in past sessions. It is better to give than receive! Dammit! I love receiving, but I love giving even more!
Chase those dreams! Don’t let anyone or anything stand in your way! But, you will have to give it time and plan accordingly! Good things come to those who wait and work hard!
*Don’t get me wrong! Mazdas are very good on gas and offer Bluetooth standard. They have great stock sound systems also!