You know their voices, but now you’ll see their faces.
Voice acting is big business these days – with traditional things like TV commercials, animated television series, and movie trailers still needing talented vocal performers to use their golden pipes to highlight whatever’s happening onscreen. That being said, the field is growing thanks to the emergence of video games as one of the 21st century’s most dominant forms of entertainment, meaning there are more opportunities than ever for performers who can bring life to characters just by speaking.
Two of the downsides of the career are that voice actors aren’t instantly recognizable, and audiences don’t really understand how much talent and work is required to excel in this field. To the average person, doing voice acting is like getting paid to talk – and maybe altering your voice a bit in the process. That’s not the case, which is what audiences will see firsthand in Lawrence Shapiro’s documentary I Know That Voice.
The film interviews some of the biggest names in the voice acting business – John Di Maggio (Bender from Futurama), June Foray (Rocky from Rocky and Bullwinkle), Kevin Conroy, and many others. Besides allowing audiences to put faces to voices, the film looks to show what goes in to being a success in the field. The performers share stories of how they broke into the field, talk about the craft of voice acting, and yes, demonstrate some of their most recognized work.
Check out this new clip for I Know That Voice and see for yourself. The documentary still doesn’t have an official release date, but should be out sometime in 2013.
[via The Daily What]