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Loop Groups are a Great Opportunity for Voice Actors

31 May 2012 8:35 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Being part of a "loop group" is a coveted gig in the voice-acting world. Feature films and TV series alike use such performers."It's like an audio puzzle -- it's so fun!" says actor Erin Matthews. "We all pile into a large sound studio with the sound editor and the director. They have all the scenes cued up that need looping. Party scenes, restaurants, street scenes -- basically we're voicing the background artists in a given scene. They play the scene and use a laser pointer to point out any noticeable mouth flaps that they need, and the loop group coordinator 'casts' according to the various voices available."Improvisation skills are important, but loop-group actors may also be called on to do preparatory homework, according to actor Tara Platt. "Certain directors will have you watch the material in advance while others tell you the types of scenarios that will be looped. »

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Spotlight on Voiceover

31 May 2012 12:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

From videogames to audiobooks to animated films, Back Stage explores the voiceover arena for actors.H. Jon Benjamin Lends His Voice to 'Archer' and 'Bob's Burgers'How funny guy H. Jon Benjamin ditched the Holocaust for a voiceover career thanks to David Cross and "Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist."Voiceover for Video GamesFor the actor, voiceovers for video games are time-consuming, vocally stressful, and satisfying.Learning About the V.O. Industry at Voice 2012Upcoming convention at Disneyland offers seminars on anime, audio books, and more.Audible Audio Books Recruits Young ActorsWorkshops at Nyu, Juilliard, USC, and UCLA offer advice and feedback on getting into narrating audio books.Loop Groups are a Great Opportunity for Voice ActorsActors Erin Matthews, Tara Platt, and Yuri Lowenthal say it's great to be part of a crowd. »

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