1. Where can you record your narration?
- In the studio
- Go out my door, then turn left. Left again at the end of the hall, then record between the two doors where the carpet is.
- In a corner of the cafeteria or down by the back door of the school that leads to the football field.
- Any hallway where you won't disturb the other classes.
Disturb is the key word here. By allowing you to work in the hallway, I'm opening myself up for complaints when you make too much noise. If I hear this, you are grounded to the classroom, and yes, it's one strike and you're out. If your scene involves shouting, record it in the studio, even if you can hear us through the wall. Background noise will not factor into your grade.
2. Seventeen minutes is all you have.
When you leave the room, you have seventeen minutes to go to your spot, record your voice, then hurry back and import. You must move quickly if everyone is to get a turn. The first time you take longer than this, or the first time you get busted for making too much noise in the hallway, you're done with voices and I'll have you add sound effects only to your movie.
This is why I ask you to practice at your desk before you leave. Say the words out loud with the movie. Get into the actor's timing and emotions, then duplicate it as best you can.
3. Start early
Don't ask to record voices the last ten to fifteen minutes of class. It's not enough time.
4. It doesn't have to be perfect.
You get one shot at each character. We don't have time for fifteen groups to record all three character voices twice. Do your best, and forget the rest. PS - If you haven't practiced the lines at your seat before you leave, you haven't done your best.
5. Need help? Ask before class ends.
Lots of people are sitting in silence all hour, then rushing up to ask me a question after the bell rings. If you need something, ask while class is in session. Checking with me before the last five minutes is best. After that, I may not be available, especially if I have three other student questions on my plate.