The audio recorded at Megaplex 2016 during the Furrywood: Voice Acting panel has been edited and posted! You can find all TWENTY!! performances here.
This was the panel's first appearance in Florida, a rare East Coast showing! Furrywood is, of course, based in California, so making it out to the East with all the recording equipment is a challenge. Such a challenge, in fact, I knew I needed to change things...
And change them I did! Diving deeper into the world of programming and custom software, Megaplex 2016 got to be my first chance to try out my brand new Furrywood Recording version 2.0 software, now with live updating scripts. Using DisplayLink technology, I brought along two USB 3.0-powered monitors set up on highly portable microphone stands giving each actor a script to work from, not on paper, but being displayed on an LCD screen as they performed.
I think this was a huge improvement. The live script ended the need to bring paper to the front, which got rid of the danger of paper handling noise. Also, having a monitor in front of the actors gave me a chance to double-check their names were correctly written. There's some pretty crazy name spellings I've run into, so this was a major help.
Most of all, I think having the script elevated and self-updating freed up the space for the actors to work. Without anything in their hands, the talent was more free to move about and perform in their own space. Of course, they were still tethered by the microphones... something to work on!
One thing I do have to mention about this panel, though-- many panels can be challenging, but on its first hosting, Megaplex may have taken the trophy for most challenging panel EVER. About ten minutes or so into the panel, con staff came by to split the room in two. Apparently another panel had been scheduled a half hour after mine began, and no one had split the room ahead of time. So I had to stop, move all my gear, ask everyone to wait while hotel staff installed the room divider. That was annoying enough, but then it turned out the panel next to mine was none other than the Fursuit Dance Tryouts. Complete with thumping dance music. Ugh.
The furries who came to my panel, on the other hand, were VERY enthusiastic and wanted to keep going. I was terrified that I wouldn't be able to post any of the recordings since the mics were picking up commercial music, but once I got to my studio, a little bit of trimming, some noise filtering and some EQ later... you can barely hear the music at all! (I LOVE you Countryman B6 microphones!!) And the con staff saw their mistake and offered me a slot on Sunday for more recording, which many of the very enthusiastic Florida furries took advantage of. Which is why we ended up with a whopping 20 recordings during my very first Florida appearance! Who knew Southeast furries would love voice acting so much?!
A huge thank you goes out to the Megaplex staff for allowing me to host both my Voice Acting panel (twice!) and my Motion Capture panel, and another big thank you to all the very enthusiastic new furries who performed! I'm sorry it took SO LONG to deliver this audio, but I hope you all enjoy hearing your amazing talent!
We are now up to 454 performances recorded by 499 voice actors from the fandom!
Rocky Mountain Fur Con is the beginning of my voice acting panel calendar. It was at RMFC that I first reworked my voice acting panel from being sports-related to movie-related and attempted to tell an Old West story based on the con's theme. While I don't feel it was a success, it taught me a number of valuable lessons that helped shape what my Furrywood: Voice Acting panel is today.
RMFC remains my experimental con, the one where I try new things. This year, RMFC is getting a brand new teleprompter system, with the actors able to perform off a video screen rather than paper, both reducing the chance of paper noise, and encouraging the actors to keep their heads up as they perform. I'm also trying out a brand new Radio Show panel, with emphasis on teaching auditioning for voice acting roles and recording with a 4-mic system.
Also with the voice acting, I'll be hosting my informative Furrywood: Voice Recording panel, where I'll go over techniques for improving voice recordings at home. And finally, my Furrywood: Motion Capture panel returns to RMFC, this time with additional mocap technology with the thrilling Perception Neuron mocap suit!
It's rare that Furrywood makes it out to the East Coast. In the very early years, we've made a few appearances at FA: United, Anthrocon, even one appearance at FurFright. But in recent years, Furrywood has been strictly a Western affair, hugging close to its home in California.
But there is one city out East with enough sunshine and movie magic for Furrywood's return! This coming weekend, Furrywood will make its first appearance at Megaplex 2016!
And this won't just be an elevator pitch. Furrywood will be making a full presentation in Orlando, FL, using a brand new recording rig and featuring exciting new motion capture hardware! No more ruffling through noisy paper sheets! This will be everyone's first chance to try performing off a digital monitor for more freedom of movement at the microphone. And for those attending the motion capture session, not only will we be demonstrating the infrared technology of the Kinect, but also the amazing Perception Neuron suit developed my Noitom! And yes, both will be demonstrated live!
Despite being Furrywood's first appearance at one of the longest running furry convention in the world, the con was very generous and provided time for both demonstrations.
And for any aspiring Florida furry voice actors, you can get a head start on the scripts we'll be recording for Furrywood: Voice Acting. Just check out the 19 scripts listed below, including four brand new ones written by our top writer, Tazel Sixpaws!
The audio recorded at Furlandia 2016 during the Furrywood: Voice Acting panel has been edited and posted! You can find all five performances here.
This was a first time for Furrywood to appear in Portland, OR, though I've passed through the city many times before on the way to Rainfurrest. Unfortunately, with only an hour assigned, we were only able to get five recordings made, but even for this small panel, we had a few new things.
First, a big thank you to Ursula Vernon who generously gave permission to use a scene from her Hugo-award winning graphic novel Digger /
as a script in the packet.
Also, owing to the steampunk theme of the convention, the several-year running story of Swift made a comeback with a new Scene 5, introducing a new antagonist to the story. By luck, both Digger and Swift were recorded among the five!
Finally, as a technical web update, all of the character species have finally been filled out. There's still character and scene descriptions that needs to be filled, but at least now we know just what everyone is supposed to be!
We are now up to 434 performances recorded by 478 voice actors from the fandom!
Posted by Carrizo on Mon, 6 Jun 2016
No future Furrywood appearances are currently scheduled.
Requests have been sent to these conventions to host the Furrywood: Voice Acting and Furrywood: Motion Capture panels.