Before we go into the studio to record with the actors, first we have to figure out if what they're going to say will actually fit the lip synch. Rather than waste time with an educated guess, we do a 'scratch' record of every single line, with me and Lyn and here... John Paul Sutherland lends his dulcet tones to the Mary & The Witch's Flower dub.
I recently was directing real live actors on a real live stage for BAFTA's Rocliffe new writing showcase. Three new writer's are chosen to have an excerpt of their work performed live in front of Industry Pros. We have a couple of weeks to prepare art and music, but then just half a day to rehearse with the actors and then the show goes on.
We're in the studio recording a promo song for a new eOne series called Ricky Zoom. Can't wait to see it after it's animated. They say you should either always work with family or never work with family. If you're nephew has a voice like mine does, I'm going with always.
All the actors were a joy to work with. I just found these on my phone. The charming Kathy Bates, and the charming but somewhat taller than me, Geena Davis.
As nobody will ever be scrolling all the way down here, I may as well give a thankful shout out to Hershey. He is my dog, my frisbee playing companion, and my morning commute.
When I'm directing, I have an office to go to, but when I'm writing I work dangerously close to couches, a TV and a fridge. So I need to trick my brain into thinking I've gone somewhere else, as opposed to falling out of bed and remaining in my pj's.
So I get dressed, walk the dog, play frisbee with the crazy pooch, and by the time I get home, it will feel as if I just did a commute to some other fictional place of work. A place with no fridge or couch just there in the next room. Of course not. I just commuted. Didn't you see me leave the house?
Ever since I could hold a crayon...
I've been holding crayons. Drawing, writing, and eating them. Nothing has changed really. To quote my father, I'm simply "A child who eventually turned pro."