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Casting Call for the Crossbreed

Discussion in 'Friends and Family' started by frogboy4, Jun 16, 2002.

  1. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    This is a discussion carried over from another thread. I am looking for voice artists to lend their talents to characters in my online comic. The work is pretty easy – only a few sound bites, but since there is no profit involved in the project there is no money. This would be a labor of love and I there would be a credited in every portion your voice was used along with the credits page. I can also offer a link (with a possible brief bio) if you have a site with your own work.

    The comic portion will have very few spoken lines – most text will be in word balloons. There is an interactive section I am working on. Here is a very rough prototype – be kind. All the art will be replaced:

    Here is the breakdown of characters I may need. Think PG-13 rated:

    Trace the purple Terrier-
    A somewhat mod twenty-something club kid who works by day as an under-appreciated video clerk. I was thinking that he had somewhat of a young crackly Michael J Fox-type of voice, but not as played-up that way. [He really isn't the Romeo wannabe he seems in the animation I just showed you. I may have another character read those lines] Trace really isn't that suave or good with people, but he is friendly.

    Jack the Fox-
    A motorcycle driving, chain smoking rebel without a clue, young Jack Nicholson/James Dean-type and Trace's roommate. Sometimes friends, sometimes foes. They like the same girl. This guy is rather suave but has a bad temper and some rather shady dealings.

    Ronnie (Veronica) the Cat
    A mixture of a twenty-something Madonna, Pink and Jessica Rabbit. She's kind of a b(expletive) with a heart of gold. Rough around the edges but always beautiful. Be careful - she can kick some serious butt!

    Sparky Squirrel
    Okay, this one is hard to explain here on the board so read between the lines guys. I am a moderator you know. Sparky is not a perky little guy, on the contrary, he's mellow yet sometimes paranoid. Big pupils, blood-shot eves and a sharp wit. He would be a member of the Green party if he could get off his bushy tail and make it to the voting booth.

    Jonez the Squid-
    Another one that's hard to explain. A security guard/bouncer Samuel L. Jackson-type, but friendlier. He's good with the ladies and always in possession of his cel phone. Jonez is the go-to guy for a lot of stuff.

    Skid the Otter-
    A kind of cynical skater guy, but more of a poser.

    Blinx the Bee
    This little guy may be a bee, but he's also quite the pool shark. Cute looking, but more of a mature attitude. He packs quite the punch too. He can be a little (insert expletive here) but in a funny way. He's a good guy but skates the line in the company he keeps.

    Chuck Rabbit-
    Yes, the name means something here. Cross between Wile E. Coyote and Snoop Dog, much license can be taken with him and his speech patterns. This is a character to have fun with.

    Avery Hyena-
    Yes, the name means something here too. Think Clueless Morgan meets Sal the Monkey-meets Tex Avery's Wolf. A scammer, but not too bright. Gets himself into some interesting messes.

    Tweak the Skunk-
    Punk skater teen type. He's always in trouble but can talk his way out of anything. He's out hassling people when he should be doing his homework.

    Mysterious Shadowed Figure
    James Bond villain kind of voice. If you provide the voice, I'll give you the low-down on his character.

    Most of these characters can be seen at:

    If you need a sketch of one that is not listed and are serious about auditioning a voice I can send something off to you. I don't have a timetable for this so it's really at the phase one stage right now. I am writing about it because interest was expressed. I am looking for a lean group of a few people to keep things simple.

    The first episode has been written and storyboarded It only includes Trace and Jack, but there is the interactive lounge to think about. I'm not sure how many voices I will cast, but these are some characters who will definitely be coming up in coming months and I do have a rather epic cast. More information in the future.

    You may post to me or use this email for future discussions: crossbreed@jamesvier.com

  2. OMG Jamie!! I would LOVE to do a voice should you find me suitable for one!! :eek:


    Just ask Jackie and Emmy, they know I LOVE to use my voice, in lotsa different ways! LOL! :D
  3. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    I'm loving this response. Keep in mind that it could take some months to get the art done (as we all know) but I think it's great to have so many people offering their talents to this project.

    If you have any interesting voices apart from those listed it could be assigned to one of many other characters. So it could match somebody else and I may bump them up in chapter 2 or 3 (this will be published quarterly).

    BTW - MP3 files are okay, but WAV files are prefered. Work submitted doesn't need to be lengthy, just long enough to get a good impression.
  4. Yeesh, now I'm overwhelmed---I don't know where to start with voices! lol!

    <---needs to apparently practice or match or do somethin'...
  5. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    The first 4 are the most important/most featured, but the rest I listed are rather important too - they're kind of like the Floyds Janices in the bunch.
  6. Crazy Harry

    Crazy Harry New Member

    I always knew there was something about that squirrel from the first second I saw him.
  7. radionate

    radionate New Member

    He reminds me of half the Theater department on campus.
  8. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member


    I like the name "Tweak the Skunk!" That was hilarious. Although, in real-life, if you tweak a skunk, the results are horrendous!!


    Oh, btw, you have me for whatever you need me for, Jamie; just lemme know! :)
  9. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Tweak used to be named "Poopie the Skunk" a decade ago. He was based on an old friend of mine who used to have a pet rat with that name. I think Tweak better fits his personality though. All of these characters are influenced by friends and pop culture. Many of the characters have received new names over the years, but they're pretty solid now.
  10. Foreignman

    Foreignman New Member

    I'd love to work on this with you, I think I would be perfect as Sparky Squirell, but I'd love to do anyone. How would this work, what would you want me to do for you? By the way, really awesome virtual puppet you have up, truely amazing!
  11. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Thanx Ben

    All that is needed to voice a character is a way to clearly record your voice in a quiet room and submit it as a wav file (possibly an MP3) and email it to me.

    Auditions are open, but it will take some months for me to finish the art. Not many voices will be used in the first installment. To be clear - there is no payment, but you will be listed in the credits with a possible brief bio and link. I aint makin' no cash off this stuff. LOL! :)

    All voice work would be on a case-by-case basis. If you have any auds for a character or just some other voice - it can be submitted at any time. Please keep entries relatively short they only need to be 10-20 second clips.

    Casting could take some time, but I will keep you posted.
  12. Foreignman

    Foreignman New Member

    Hey, just sent you an e-mail with the audition clip, should be to you soon. Hope you like it!
  13. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    Thanx for the clip. I will send you an email.
  14. radionate

    radionate New Member

    Hey Jamie,

    You just want us to adlib something, or do you want to email folks a small monolouge to play around with. Just curious.:confused:
  15. Traveling Matt

    Traveling Matt New Member

    Hey Jamie-

    I saw that you have a "Mysterious, Shadowed Figure" listed. If you're looking for a Dr. Claw (from Inspector Gadget) type of voice, I could easily provide one for you.

    BTW, Avery Heyena (a cross between Clueless Morgan and Sal the monkey) would seem a little like a Lew Zealand voice, which I could also help you with. What do you think, Jamie?

    Later man

    - Billy :cool:
  16. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    You may adlib something or read a line out of a magazine in the character's voice. As long as it is 10-20 seconds of material. The important thing is to consider the bios when voicng one of these guys. If you really need some sort of line I could script one, but that part doesn't really matter.
  17. Traveling Matt

    Traveling Matt New Member

    Hey Jamie-

    I want to send you a clip, but for some reason I got a return e-mail saying that your e-mail address (crossbreed@jamesvier.com) didn't work. Do you have an alternate one?


    - Billy :cool:
  18. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member


    The email should work. Are you sure you spelled vier correctly? I just tested it out. You can always use the email link here and I will reply to you.

    About Avery - he's kind of a Lew Zeland type, but not so goofy - more rough than that. Think of him as if he has electric current running through him. Kind of Joe Pesci attiturde, but not quite the high voice. Sitll open for interpretation.

    The shoddowy figure - Dr Claw...maybe, but mix him up with a bit of seedy tele-evangalist. Maybe even a Tim Curry-type. Sitll open for interpretation.

    I will be leaving for Houston this Thursday and will not return until the first of July so there is no rush, but feel free to send whatever you have at any time you choose. I will either check it before I go or when I come back.

    crossbreed@jamesvier.com or james@jamesvier.com
  19. frogboy4

    frogboy4 Inactive Member

    houston trip

    Going to Houston for a week or so. Be back on the first of July. Keep sending stuff if you'd like. I just can't check it till I'm coming back.

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