I have to say that being a blogger has afforded me some amazing opportunities. I have experienced things that I know I would never have the chance to do otherwise (meaning if I wasn’t a blogger). Some highlights include getting a hug and kiss from Sir Elton John, flying in a helicopter over New York City, riding in a hot air balloon and attending red carpet premieres and after parties, hob nobbing with celebrities. For this “country bumpkin”, I NEVER thought things like this would happen to me.
I have a new experience to add to my ever growing list of Super Awesome and Totally Cool Things I’ve Done – having the opportunity to do a voice over for a movie clip in Walt Disney Animation Studios.
If you read my blog on a regular basis you’ll recall that I was out in Los Angeles (Hollywood to be exact) a few weeks ago. While I was there I was fortunate to do a lot of fun things and have some incredible experiences.
Myself and the other bloggers I was with spent the day at Walt Disney Animation Studios, where we had the opportunity to chat with the director and producer of the film Wreck-It Ralph (Rich Moore and Clark Spencer). We also had the opportunity to chat with Head of Animation on Wreck-It Ralph, Renato dos Anjos. and Animator Kira Lehtomaki as well as Art Director Mike Gabriel with Visual Development artist Lorelay Bove.
If you have the time please check out my post about our day at Walt Disney Animation Studios as well as some fun behind the scenes Wreck-It Ralph stuff. You can find the original post here, http://bit.ly/VXBzRS (I shortened the link).
One amazing experience I didn’t write about in that post was doing a voice over for one of the clips in the film.
The bloggers were split up into different groups, and we rotated between some fun activities like having a mini-class in animating and chatting with the Art Director and Visual Development Artist from the film. One of the coolest things we had the opportunity to do was go into a recording booth – one that they actually use to record voices for films – and try out hand at voicing the part of Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) from the film Wreck-It Ralph.
Before we took turns in the recording studio we had the opportunity to meet recording booth technician Gabe Guy and storyboard artist (and the voice of Gene and Zombie from the film), Raymond Persi. To be honest I don’t know if I heard a word they were saying. I was in total awe of all the sound equipment, cameras, TV screens and Wreck-It Ralph artwork that filled the room. I have seen recording studios on TV and in pictures. Never in a million years did I ever think I would actually be in one.
One by one each blogger had the opportunity to go into the recording booth and do the voice of Vanellope. In the scene Vanellope and Ralph meet for the first time. Vanellope is being a typical bratty kid and mimicking everything Ralph (John C. Reilly) is saying. That seemed pretty easy. All I had to do was channel my inner brat. I’m a mom and I have teens… I think I could do a good job being a brat. Ha Ha.
Here is a video of me in the recording studio. I can hear the part of Ralph in the earphones. It was my job to act like a brat and mimic what he said. I was able to watch the scene play out on a screen in front of me. While I was in the booth my fellow bloggers were able to watch me (I felt like a fish in a fishbowl…LOL).
Check out me in the studio (below). Then the following clip is from the film but with my voice as the voice of Vanellope. I did goof up a bit (especially at he end when her mouth keeps moving and I neglected to make some annoying sounds like kids will do). Still, I think its not half bad for my first try and for never having done something as cool as this before.
If you are reading this via e-mail I’ll include the direct links as well.
Me in the recording studio (http://bit.ly/R7x3Nx).
Wreck-It Ralph my voice as Vanellope (http://bit.ly/SX7LUu).
How COOL is this? Seriously… never in a million years would I ever think I would do something like this. Especially at a place like Walt Disney Animation Studios.
Wreck-It Ralph will be in theaters on November 2, 2012. If you would like to learn more about the film visit the official Wreck It Ralph website. You can also “Like” the Wreck It Ralph Fan Page as well as follow Wreck It Ralph on Twitter.
I had a lot of fun that day. I truly did. A very special thank you to “MMW” and Walt Disney for such an amazing opportunity. Of course I’m always happy to do it again sometime (hint, hint ).
*I was not compensated for this post. I was a guest of Walt Disny Studios. All opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any way.