Production Update 165: Recharged

It’s been a little while since I have given a production update so let’s all get caught up to speed! First off, it was spring break week, so I traveled and took some time away from work, school and the computer. I spent some time working on Cosmic Rage, primarily in the regard of making sure I have things lined up and making notes of where the holes are yet.

On the voice over front, I took time to go through the episode and render everything out as it stands and as a whole and the voice over is all good to go with the exception of two lines from side characters. I hope you all have been enjoying reading about the VO cast for Cosmic Rage on the Wednesday posts, they are all very talented and I am so fortunate to have all of them on board with the project.

On more of a behind-the-scenes front, I have been working on applying for some panels and screenings to conventions this summer to get Cosmic Rage in front of more people. I’ll have more information on the Con Appearance page when I have more info since con season is getting underway.

Let’s talk about audio production. Things are going well, I have cuts of all of the scenes sent out for audio work to get done. Audio production is about half finalized at this point. There are two scenes that need backgrounds created but the remaining scenes need to be extended so they can fit the timing of the VO.

Finally, on the animation front I have a quarter of the scenes finalized. The remaining scenes are all timed out and need some final animation and compositing. Many of the scenes have some small edits to them so I haven’t marked them as complete yet. There are two scenes that need to be animated, the same two that need audio work.

Things are starting to come together nicely and I am very excited to have been watching a rough cut of the first episode. Stay tuned for more updates!

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Introducing Finn MK

Where are you from?
Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, though I now live in Ottawa.

Why do you want to be a voice actor?
It’s hecka fun. I’m a dungeon master for a D&D group and I’m always coming up with crazy characters and kooky voices. I realized just doing the voices was fun enough on its own and given that I already had the audio gear and know-how (I’m a music composer by day) jumping into voice acting was a no-brainer!

Who is your favorite VO actor?
Wilhelm. Of Wilhelm scream fame.

Who is your favorite anime/game/cartoon character?
Philip J. Fry, although closely followed by Zoidberg. *woop woop woop woop*

If you could voice any character, who would it be and why?
I don’t have a specific character I’d like to voice…I’m always more in the vein of trying to be new characters rather than do fanimated films. But if we’re talking character archetypes, I would really, REALLY like to play a good-guy-slowly-turning-into-bad-guy or bad-guy-slowly-turning-into-good-guy. To be a character that is established in one manner and then slowly changes a huge part of themselves really appeals to me. The internal struggle, how much of it they show on the outside, how they work through the change – that’s the kind of role I can really sink my teeth into and get into the mind space of.

What drew you to audition for Cosmic Rage?
The animation style is really interesting; I’d never seen anything like it so that was a big draw. I also like how all the documentation and how everything is run is very organized. I’m the kind of guy that would be unable to function without a calendar and spreadsheets, so careful organization really appeals to me haha.

Where can fans follow you at or find more of your work?
My website – www.finnmk.com – is the go to place for all Finn-related news, music, credits, etc. but fans can also visit me on my other sites around the web.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FinnMKMusic
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/FinnMertinsKirkwood
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/finnmk
Newgrounds: http://finnmk.newgrounds.com/
Jamendo: https://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/478254/finn-m-k

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Meet Ryan Vollmer

Where are you from?
Chicago, IL, USA

Why do you want to be a voice actor?
As far as work goes, I have not done anything more rewarding or exciting. With voice acting, you get to bring life to characters. You see the world through their eyes, which means every day can be a new adventure.

Who is your favorite VO actor?
With all of the different styles in which voice work can be approached, it is hard to pick just one. Bill Dewees, Marty Glickman, and Mark Graue are some of the “bigger” names that come to mind. Of course, since voice acting is very much the same as traditional acting, I can’t leave out Jack Nicholson, Michael Caine, and Christian Bale. There are many other individuals within the community that have played a part in my development, however.

Who is your favorite anime/game/cartoon character?
I would have to say Cloud from FF7. The “old” cloud though, not the new one. The new one is a little too emo for my liking.

If you could voice any character, who would it be and why?
It would be pretty cool to voice The Joker, but I would definitely have to expand my range. I think the challenge would be interesting.

What drew you to audition for Cosmic Rage?
I like projects with originality and a solid plan. Cosmic Rage had both. It is extremely important to me that a project manager be organized. If they do not take their work seriously, then how can others have faith in their project? Chris Biewer has been nothing but professional; which is one of the reasons I decided to sign on to this project.

Where can fans follow you at or find more of your work? – On my website at www.ryanvollmer.com or on facebook at www.facebook.com/rgvollmer

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Introducing Mark Harju

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Where are you from?
Just like Sami- my character- I’m from Chicago born and raised.
 
Why do you want to be a voice actor?
I like to do creative work with people.  I have been recording as a musician for the better side of two decades, so I am comfortable behind the microphone and love audio- and I really enjoy the process of taking an idea and bringing it to life.  Voice acting, like music, allows me to do that.  Also, sometimes it buys me a bottle of whiskey or two.
 
Who is your favorite VO actor? 
If we are talking famous actors who narrate, Morgan Freeman and also Kevin Spacey.  Morgan Freeman has a special ability to make every word sound undeniably genuine, and Kevin Spacey- he is simply a man who has a total command of how to use a voice (honestly, check out his impressions sometime).
But my favorite VO actor outright, without a doubt, the legendary Don LaFontaine.
 
Who is your favorite anime/game/cartoon character?
Without thinking too hard about it, Jubei Kibagami (Ninja Scroll)/Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy VII)/Pickles The Drummer (Metalocalypse).
 
If you could voice any character, who would it be and why?
This one is easy: The Lion from the 1994 Cadbury Creme Eggs commercial.  https://youtu.be/731B20sSX1w
 
What drew you to audition for Cosmic Rage? 
I am always interested in participating in creative narratives.  Even more so when they are original writings.  And especially when they are fun and action-packed.  I was really happy to be casted for Cosmic Rage.
 
Where can fans follow you at or find more of your work?  
You can find me wherever raspy voices are needed.  Recently I did some political VO work (http://babygotpac.com)- it was just a paycheck, I’m not a fan of politics.  I work for VoiceBunny.com as a voice actor. and you can find me doing VO projects at CastingCall.club (member: Rabbi8meat).
Other than that,
You can hear my music on my Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/kevinandmarkmusic
You can see my face on my Youtube: https://youtu.be/7aIiBXn_Ils