Key Learning Students will learn about the art of voice acting. Students will write a script for an animation and then practice voice acting exploring the effects of changing voice tone, volume, pitch and pace. The Australian Curriculum



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Episode 8

26th March 2013

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Voice Artists
Key Learning

Students will learn about the art of voice acting. Students will write a script for an animation and then practice voice acting exploring the effects of changing voice tone, volume, pitch and pace.



The Australian Curriculum







English / Literacy / Interacting with others




English / Literacy / Creating texts

Use interaction skills such as acknowledging another’s point of view and linking students’ response to the topic, using familiar and new vocabulary and a range of vocal effects such as tone, pace, pitch and volume to speak clearly and coherently (ACELY1688)





Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts containing key information and supporting details for a widening range of audiences, demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features (ACELY1694)




Use interaction skills, for example paraphrasing, questioning and interpreting non-verbal cues and choose vocabulary and vocal effects appropriate for different audiences and purposes (ACELY1796)






Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1704)



Use interaction skills, varying conventions of spoken interactions such as voice volume, tone, pitch and pace, according to group size, formality of interaction and needs and expertise of the audience(ACELY1816)






Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience (ACELY1714)

Use interaction skills when discussing and presenting ideas and information, selecting body language, voice qualities and other elements, (for example music and sound) to add interest and meaning (ACELY1804)






Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, selecting aspects of subject matter and particular language, visual, and audio features to convey information and ideas (ACELY1725)





    Discussion Questions

  1. Briefly summarise the Voice Artists story in your own words.

  2. What is a voice actor?

  3. What animation does Tash practise her voice acting on?

    1. Figaro Pho

    2. Shrek

    3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid

  4. What is a scratch vocal track?

  5. Complete this sentence. Voice acting is not as easy as it looks, you need to become the ___________

  6. What are some of the skills that you need to be a good voice actor?

  7. What sort of work do voice actors do?

  8. Describe what it is like behind the scenes for a voice actor.

  9. Illustrate an aspect of this story.

  10. List three of your favourite animated characters. Find out who provided their voices.

    Activities


Practice voice acting: Figaro Pho

After watching the BtN Voice Artists story, provide students with the opportunity to practice voice acting.




  1. As a class watch the Figaro Pho animation used by Tash in the BtN story. Go to the Voice Artists story on the BtN website to watch the animation. http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3720549.htm

  2. In groups of 3 or 4, ask students to practice voice acting using the animation. Ask students to consider – voice pitch, tone and volume.


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Investigate other animations

Pick out excerpts from your student’s favourite animations, for example Shrek or Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and watch as a class. Ask students to think about the process of voice acting as they watch the animations.



  • Can you guess who the voice actors are in the animation?

  • How have they used their voice to represent the character’s feelings?



Develop and write a script

Students will develop and write their own scripts for an animation (animation provided on the BtN Voice Artists page http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3720549.htm).




  1. As a class watch the animation without sound.
  2. Ask students to describe the animation, including the characters, action and scenery. As students describe the animation write their responses on the interactive whiteboard. Ask clarifying questions if student’s responses are not clear. Repeat this process to gain a more comprehensive description.


  3. Working in groups of 2-4, students will work collaboratively to write their own scripts for the animation. Students will practice voice acting using their scripts and then produce their own soundtrack including their voices and sound effects.

  4. What is the story about? Ask students to talk about how the story is structured (setting the scene, problem or issue, then resolving or addressing the issue). Below are some discussion starters for your students.


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  1. How to write a script. Once students have discussed the structure of their script they will then need to write the script. Below are some steps on how to write a script.


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For a more detailed look at how to write a script visit this website:

  • http://www.creative-writing-now.com/how-to-write-a-screenplay.html






Producing a soundtrack




  1. Ask students to practice their voice acting using their own scripts. Students will need to consider timing and the skills required when voice acting. Refer students to the voice acting tips at the beginning of this activity.

  2. Students will record their voices. Below are some steps on how to create a sound recording.


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  1. If your student’s scripts contain sound effects encourage them to make their own and then record using the Steps to create a sound recording as per the above.


Refer students to the following website for free sound samples

  • http://generator.acmi.net.au/library/category/sounds

Refer students to the following websites for tips on sound effects:



  • http://www.abc.net.au/rollercoaster/rollermache/sound.htm

  • http://www.songroomlive.com.au/explore/making-media-easy/add-sound-to-your-animation






Send your audio recording to BtN

Send your completed voice recordings into BtN so that it can be uploaded on to the BtN website. Email your audio mp3 files to btn-education@abc.net.au.




Further Investigation

Make your own cartoon! Jeff Kinney, illustrator of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, shows in this video how to draw the character of Greg Heffley. http://www.wimpykid.com/videos/




Practise vocal projection with the Shakespeare insult generator. http://www.weheartdrama.com/394/practise-vocal-projection-with-the-shakespeare-insult-generator/. Take this activity further using BtN’s Shakespeare in School activity. http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3707999.htm



8 Related Research Links

OZ Comic Con – OZ Comic Con


http://www.ozcomiccon.com/

ABC3 Figaro Pho – Figaro Pho

http://www.abc.net.au/abc3/adventuresoffigaropho/
Creative writing Now – How to write a screenplay

http://www.creative-writing-now.com/how-to-write-a-screenplay.html

We Heart Drama – Practise Vocal Projection with the Shakespeare Insult Generator


http://www.weheartdrama.com/394/practise-vocal-projection-with-the-shakespeare-insult-generator/
Raise your voice acting – What is the history of voice over?

http://raiseyourvoiceacting.com/2012/04/09/what-is-the-history-of-voice-over/




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