The audio recorded at Biggest Little Fur Con 2017 for the Furrywood: Voice Acting panel has been edited and posted! You can find all thirteen performances here.
BLFC gets bigger and bigger every year, making 2017's Kaiju theme very fitting. It inspired a huge packet for the convention as well, as I ended up throwing everything onto the page! Along with sixteen scripts including two brand new scenes, I added four My Little Pony-themed scripts from BABSCon and dug up four classic scripts from years past! This made for a whopping twenty-four scripts in total, easily the largest script packet I've ever brought to a con! And probably a few too many for a two-hour panel, to be honest! I may have gone a little Kaiju-crazy myself this year.
In fact, I know I did. Along with my efforts at Voice Acting, to fit in with the theme, I built a Kaiju simulation game for my motion capture panel. With a combination of the Perception Neuron suit and the Unity3D game engine, I was able to slap together a basic simulation for mocap-driven destruction of buildings! It had no sound, no reset button, and was being played inside the Unity editor, but I got such a good response from it, I plan on developing it further. I've recently picked up a website to track my progress on the project, and will be posting it here once it's been set up.
In the meantime, you can check out this incredible video shot by Appledectomy of Tyrnn in suit playing the demo. And yes, he actually put on the mocap suit UNDER his dragon fursuit! I couldn't believe how well it worked!
As for the voice acting panel, it went great! I ditched the headworn microphones for the AT4040s, and once again these microphones captured a truly natural, organic sound I really liked. On top of that, I recorded on my iPad Pro, making for a much smaller, simpler setup, that's honestly very easy to edit in the studio. Returning to the old gear has really made things work well, and I think this will be the secret to making the 4-character scripts work when I'm ready to try that again. Hopefully by next year!
Thank you everyone who attended the voice acting panel at BLFC, and I hope I get to record you all again! We are now up to 544 performances recorded by 595 voice actors from the fandom! Actor #600 is just around the corner! Who will it be??
The audio recorded at Furlandia 2017 for the Furrywood: Voice Acting panel has been edited and posted! You can find all seven performances here.
This was Furrywood's return to Portland, and a much anticipated one. It's a long drive from Sonoma County to Northern Oregon, but a gorgeous one. And with lots of sunshine falling on the state, it was a beautiful time to make the drive. On top of that, I was truly fortunate to have an opportunity to meet up with Ryan, a talented editor who once worked for me years ago. We hadn't seen each other in 12 years, but catching up, it was like we'd never lost touch. Even though he's not a furry, he was thrilled at the chance to see what all this business was about. So I got him registered, and he gave me a huge amount of support setting up for my back-to-back voice acting and motion capture panels. On top of it all, he brought his camera and took photos and footage! I haven't gone through it yet, but expect to see some media popping up here soon!
This was a huge bump from last year. I think I only had eight people show up last year, and since my panels were scheduled during the fursuit parade, I wasn't too hopeful I'd do much better. But I sure was wrong! We had a much bigger crowd this year, and some truly stellar performances! And with the exception of one guy who attended last year, everyone who came had never been to a Furrywood panel before! It was great to record so much new talent!
I don't usually get recordings edited and posted so quickly, but with Biggest Little Fur Con right around the corner, I really needed to punch this one out. I'm glad it's done, but now it's right back to work planning for this weekend's script packet. Yikes!
Thank you EVERYONE who attended my panel, thank you to all who let me record your amazing voices, and a huge thanks to the Furlandia staff for giving me the time and space to host these panels! It was a great experience, one I hope to bring to Oregon next year!
We are now up to 531 performances recorded by 583 voice actors from the fandom! If that number of actors seems a bit small, it's because I discovered three names on my voice actor list that were duplicates. Whoops!
Furrywood has had its first event outside of a furry convention! And what a blast it was! The recordings from the Furrywood: Voice Acting panel at BABSCon 2017 are now posted!
A year ago, after wrapping up my voice acting panel at Biggest Little Fur Con, I was approached by a woman who introduced herself as staff for BABSCon, a brony convention in the San Francisco area. She said she really liked the panel and wondered if I could bring it to her convention. This was the first time I had been asked to go to a con outside the furry fandom, so there was no way I could say no! I agreed and she helped me get on the events schedule.
Trouble is, I didn't know anything about My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic!! Realizing that my usual furry-themed scripts might not resonate the same way for bronies, I had to come up with MLP-friendly content. So in the weeks before the convention, I started up my Netflix account and began a brutal binge of six entire seasons of the show, watching most of them within two weeks. With only a few days before my panel was scheduled, I forced myself to the computer and began typing up whatever I could. I have a policy against using established characters in my scripts because they already have a voice attached to them and it removes the freedom panel attendees have to find their own voice. So I made up eight new characters based on what I had seen in the show and managed to write nine brand new scenes all in the space of a couple days. Phew!
And it worked! I had a great crew of very talented people show up to my panel. There was a ton of enthusiasm, and a lot of very gifted talents showing up, giving me some outstanding recordings to bring back. Was really happy with everything I got. But even more amazing was the quality of the staff at the con! There were so many people there to help me set up the gear, helping me pass out talent release forms, giving me a huge boost of assistance unlike any I had gotten at a convention before. On top of it all, they were supportive, friendly, just really great people giving me a lot of assistance. Coupled with the enthusiasm and talent in the crowd, it was a terrific experience.
One other point is that I changed the gear setup this time, going backwards a little bit. I was given just an hour with 15 minutes to set up and break down. Also, I wasn't staying at the hotel, so I had to carry all of my gear with me. That convinced me to replace the headworn microphones I've been using for a while to go back to the Audio-Technica AT4040 mics I once used for every recording. Coupled with the incredibly light and portable AirTurn goSTAND mic stands, I was able to make a very portable setup. Using clips to hold up the paper scripts, I didn't need to bring my computer monitors as teleprompters, and because of that, I was able to record the audio using my iPad instead of my laptop. I was able to fit the whole package into one wheeled back, and the sound quality was outstanding! I'd forgotten just how good those AT4040s sound!!
I hope you all enjoy listening to these recordings as much as I had making them. A big thank you to everyone who attended and recorded! And also, thank you for your patience! I usually try to have my recordings done within a week, not the 3 weeks this took. But I had some family obligations to attend to. You know how it goes. :)
And now we're up to 524 recordings performed by 574 actors! Thanks, everyone!
What a difference a year makes! In 2016 only eight people showed up to my Voice Acting panel, but this year we packed the room! Of course, it helps when you're scheduled for the afternoon instead of 8am in the morning.
It was great to see so many furries excited about voice acting, and especially to see so many new faces! Furry Fiesta continues to grow every year, and with it bringing brand new voices to the panel. Remarkably, I added 12 new actors to the list, bringing Furrywood's total voice actor count to 558! Incredible!
I re-attempted recording face data at this panel, adding a webcam to the teleprompters. But it looks like two HD video streams is just too much for one lone USB port. While the hardware all worked fine, the data recorded is glitchy and has too many dropped frames for proper feature tracking. So it's back the drawing board!
But everything else about the panel worked well. The recordings came out clean, the teleprompters never failed, and there was just lots of enthusiasm in the room. So much, I wish it could have gone longer! So many people showed up, there was no way to record everyone who wanted to record in the 90 minutes I had. A few people asked me if there would be a chance to record later in the con, which sadly I couldn't since the panel space was all booked up. I apologize to everyone who wanted to record at TFF and didn't get a chance. I've already reached out to con staff to see if I can run two panels or an extended panel for next year to hopefully help more people get a chance to record. And it would help if they heard from attendees as well! If you went to the voice acting panel and didn't get a chance to record, write to convention programming and ask if there can be more voice acting next year!
Anyway, the recordings are all posted! You can find them right here: Furry Fiesta 2017
And just to mention, the Motion Capture panel went MUCH MUCH better this year than last, and we got some terrific data to show. Going to be next on my list to produce, so keep watching for some Texas-made furry animation soon! And thank you to everyone who attended my Furrywood panels! We're up to 516 performances made by 558 actors and still growing!
Furrywood has successfully outsourced to Canada! You can now find the 11 performances recorded at Vancoufur 2017 posted here: Vancoufur 2017
This was an exciting event for me as it was my first time taking Furrywood outside of the United States. Granted, not very far, but I hope this will be the first of many opportunities to take my recording gear out of the country and capture international voice talent. A big thank you to everyone who attended the voice acting panel at the con!
Beyond being my first appearance outside of the States, this was also my first time engineering the panel from a Windows laptop. The motion capture panel has demanded more out of my computer than my trusty 13" MacBook Pro can provide, so earlier this year I purchased a 15" Acer Predator. While I was able to get away with lugging that brute to my local Further Confusion con, I quickly learned there was no way I could fly with a 10 pound laptop. I returned the Acer and picked up a much lighter Asus ROG. Just before leaving for Vancouver, I had my mocap software on my Windows laptop and my voice acting software on my MacBook Pro with plans to take both. But when I realized how cumbersome that was going to be, I made a last minute decision to leave the MacBook at home. The first night of the con, I stayed up late furiously rewriting my recording software porting it to Windows. And I did it! Though I made the sacrifice of having to record 16-bit audio instead of 24-bit. Any audio nerds out there will understand my grief.
Thankfully, I've since corrected that issue and now can manage both voice acting and mocap with the same laptop. A lot easier to carry around airports!
The last thing I want to note is how I experienced something at Vancoufur I've never experienced before. The voice acting panel usually starts with a quick presentation introducing myself and talking about the equipment. Once I've explained how we're going to go through recording, I ask for the first volunteer. It's always tough to break the ice, so usually only a few hands go up for the first round. By the second, I usually have lots of hands going up. Vancoufur was the first time I ever had NO hands go up!! I like to think that Canadian furries are so polite, no one wanted to take away from anyone else's chance to record.
Eventually we got our first recording, and it was smooth sailing from then on out. As an extra bonus, I recorded Furrywood's 500th voice acting performance. Unbelievable! As of Vancoufur, there's been 508 performances given by 546 talented furry voice actors. Thank you every single one of you who has contributed your talents to the panel!
Next up are the recordings from Texas Furry Fiesta 2017, as well as motion capture samples! Hope to get some video posted here before too long!