May 4th, 2005
|11:56 pm - Let me finish my bowl of Mrs. Hockenburger's® Potato Flakes™, Kent.|
Last night I went to Janesville and hung out with Tom. I made him read the script for Captain Spleen: The Audio Drama (which needs a better name), and Tom -- Tom who is usually overly critical of anything his friends do -- liked it. Editing is practically finished since I do so much revision while I'm writing (which they say you're not s'posed to do), so as soon as I buy myself an actual, genuine mic stand, I can start recording.
Actual dates to begin recording are up in the air, of course, but I'd like to start soon enough to finish before I have to move (which is a few months off, but still...). Does anybody want to read funny dialogue into a microphone for free?
The Good Guys
Stuart, AKA Spleen (aspiring science fiction hero)
Kent (perspiring science fiction sidekick)
Lia’t’lamaodara, Galactic Investigation Agency, Western Quadrant Unit
Princess il-Lir Nevanen of the Sovereign Galactic Government
Vassal (Head Eunuch)
Thelonius Q. Greengenes (the Royal Dance Instructor)
Officer Porky of the Continuity Police
The Bad Guys
Mr. Pointy (the richest nose in the galaxy)
Corporate Lackeys A, B, C
Footsoldiers 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 12
Network 42 Anchorman
Forrest Headroom (the least-qualified interviewer in the known universe)
Mr. Pointy’s Computer
d’Nuban Landing Technicians 1 and 2
Nikki “Motel” Sixx (heiress to the Sixx fortune)
Pfingus L’d’m-krrphigu (bachelorette star of My Bionic Fiancé)
Robot Suitors 1 through 12
Pointy Enterprises Reporter
Edith Head...burgh (fashion consultant)
Bill Shatner (some... kind of... recruiter)
Darth Papa (Kent's dad)
Also on the subject of ridiculous production ideas, my friend matt_william wants to remake Plan 9 from Outer Space. He'd even like to cast me as the alien ruler. This (though I haven't left him a comment stating so yet) is an incredibly entertaining idea and I'm flattered to be considered. I'll even start practicing my pronunciation of the word "pineal" in anticipation of the role. Pinn-yull. Pih-NEE-uhl. Pinny-ul.
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: The Frogs -- I Only Play for Money (live on WFMU)
You know, this sounds fun... I would not mind the dance instructor (I have no rythm, but that could make the roll even funnyer), Agent Q, or one of the corperate lackies. I am guessing that since this is "radio" drama, the tertiary charactors are also played by the core cast and production crew?
Well, we'll figure it out. I already have some casting ideas and I want to offer certain roles to certain people first, but after that it's up for grabs. I hate to say it, but I'm not sure I'd want to ask you as any of the characters you mentioned, except one of the corporate lackeys. Agent Q is a very loud drill sargeant sort of character whose lines all begin and end with the word "SIR!", and I kind of want the dance instructor to sound like Rodney Dangerfield. He's boorish and probably not really interested in dancing, except that it gets him close to the Princess. You can blame my preconceptions of who the characters are (and who I'd like to play them (actually, I'm probably going to do both of those two).
I see... now that you've discribed the charactors, they are not like what I preceived, by just the names....
I kind of figured that people would get their own ideas of the characters from reading the names, but I didn't want to share any of the dialogue so I shared the characters instead. This reminds me a bit of the They Might Be Giants album John Henry. I don't know if you're familiar with the album (and you don't have to be to appreciate the story), but it came out in 1994, and at the time they were running a sort of fan club and they mailed out a newsletter once or twice a year. The Spring/Summer '94 newsletter announced the upcoming release on John Henry and included a list of the titles of the songs on it along with their tempo in beats per minute. This is the least helpful thing they could possibly have told anybody about the album, and though I didn't really speculate on the content of the songs, I'm sure a lot of people had already decided what the album sounded like before purchasing it which is a great way to disappoint yourself.
I'm usually pretty bored, so if you could use my voice, I could potentially be interested.
At the risk of pissing off everybody else to whom I've given very general "sure, I'll think about it"-type answers, would you like to play a major character? It just occurred to me that your normal speaking voice would be really good for one of the parts.
Ok, sounds good to me. Let me know if/when you would like to do an audition or whatever.
If you need a voice, call me.
Will do. I have to figure out who I might like you to play, but you were definitely on my list of people to contact.
I tend to sound like I have a sock in the back of my throat when I'm recorded...but...if that's what your looking for.
Depends... What kind of sock does it sound like?
You know those socks with the individual toes...the ones that are often stripey...like that.
Out of curiosity, how many people do you plan on having doing voicework? And how many together at a time will be needed? I'm asking because you have a lot of characters, and - to be perfectly honest - I kind of expect there to be a song-and-dance number at the end of the world with, you know, Aquamanshowingupanddoingsomethingcool. *Cough* Not that I'm telling you that you should have written it, mind you, but that it's still possible.
I'll volunteer to read, but if, for some reason, you actually take me up on it, I'll want to do a good job, which means I'll need to go over the part with you (and other editors) before I read. But I'm guessing you won't, since you don't have Homsar in the credits.
I'm not sure how many actors we'll have here, but there will be a considerable amount of doubling up on parts. It probably sounds like a bad idea, but I think I would like to record everybody individually, reading against me, and then mix the parts later. This is a fairly common practice in voice acting.
Alas, there is no song and dance number. No song because I'm lazy, and no dance because it's audio. Well, come to think of it, there is a dance, but the narrator draws our attention away from it because he doesn't like it.
Ok. Sounds like the same thing that the director of Sin City
did, too. Also smacks of Casino Royale
, in reference to Orson Welles
and Peter Sellers
, but that's just me.
Anyway, I hope it turns out great! When you're all done, can I get a listen?
No. I mean, er, yes. And you're on the list I haven't actually made of people whom I'd approach for voice talent, incidentally.
Well, if I can be of service, I'll have plenty of time to practice while waiting for a job to phone
Boo-ha! I got the html right that time... Watch the forces that run the internets screw with me. My luck's about right.
Well...if you're still looking for voice actors...I would be interested in lending a hand. It's been FAR too long since the original Oklahoma Jim broadcast and I remember that being a blast.
Of course it is your project and ultimately...your decision ^_^
Ok, ok, is this plan 9 for video or for theatre? And, more to the point: why?
Are you planning on bettering the movie or sticking with the original script?
Oh this is purely for entertainment purposes. Can I make it better? I don't think I can make it worse. I ultimately think it will be fun and if anything happens from it...cool. I'm no director (though I'm not sure Ed Wood was either).
Are you interested in a role? I'm certainly open to all possibilities. I don't even know if it'll actaully happen, but hey...I can dream ^_^
Although I'm very interested in this project and whatever assistance I can offer, I feel that I have to point out -- you're the only person who dreams about remaking Plan 9. The rest of us have nightmares about it, some of them involving Tammy Faye Bakker winning a Razzie for Worst Actress in her portrayal of Tor Johnson. Nightmares don't have to be realistic -- just scary.
I haven't seen the film, but since you seem to be a sentient being, I doubt you could do worse than Ed Wood. Especially if you have a video camera and aren't... thinking... it's... awesome.
I'll keep you in mind. A specific casting ideas for a few of the principal characters, but most of the rest are up in the air at this moment.