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#124152 - 02/17/08 09:01 PM Re: Casting Wildlife Expert update: video demo [Re: ]
SwampDonkey Offline

Registered: 07/08/07
Posts: 1268
Loc: Northeastern Ontario, Canada

Terrific video, I really enjoyed it.

Your casual, honest style and discussion of experiences that actually happened to you make you very credible, I think you would make a very good nature show host.

Where do I cast my vote?


#124157 - 02/17/08 09:47 PM Re: Casting Wildlife Expert update: video demo [Re: SwampDonkey]
JIM Offline
Old Hand

Registered: 03/18/06
Posts: 1032
Loc: The Netherlands
+1 vote for blast.

Don't like the glasses though... You should have weared those metal goggles... grin
''It's time for Plan B...'' ''We have a Plan B?'' ''No, but it's time for one.'' -Stargate SG-1

#124162 - 02/17/08 10:23 PM Re: Casting Wildlife Expert update: video demo [Re: JIM]
jaywalke Offline

Registered: 12/22/07
Posts: 172
Loc: Appalachian mountains


Vocal modulation - Not bad for an American. We 'Staters tend to use volume modulation rather than pitch modulation (which is how most of the rest of the world talks) to show levels of interest. Professional speech training would help you, no doubt, but right now you do a decent (i.e. better than most untrained speakers) job of casually speaking to the person behind the lens.

Physical - Your torso is a little stiff, but the main problem is your hands. You saw at the air, Blast, like a man making kindling. :-] It happens. That little red light comes on and you think, "I can't just talk. I must do something with these things hanging in front of me." Relax. Meaning comes from your face, your mind and your spine, nothing else. This is a very common problem, and every tape submitted likely has it to some degree. Sticking your hands in your pockets is not an option, but remember that the seams of your jeans are your best friends. Thumbs on seams! At worst, only one hand gets to move at a time. Anything else is too distracting.

It's a solid tape. Good luck with your audition.

Jim Walke, member of Actors' Equity Association, the professional stage actors' union

#124167 - 02/17/08 10:46 PM Re: Casting Wildlife Expert update: video demo [Re: Blast]
librarian Offline

Registered: 07/26/06
Posts: 34
Loc: Conroe, Texas
Great video, Blast! You came across as knowledgeable, enthusiatic, good humored, entertaining, and eager to go on an adventure! Good luck!

#124170 - 02/17/08 11:24 PM Re: Casting Wildlife Expert update: video demo [Re: jaywalke]
Blast Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 3561
Loc: Spring, Texas

Thank you for the feedback! I showed the tape to an professional actor I know and he called them "pizza hands", like I'm carrying pizzas through a crowd. I like the idea of keeping one thumb hooked in my pocket, that'll definately help control my signalling to aircraft. shocked

I have never heard about pitch modulation but it sounds appropriate. I'll definately look more into that. Are there any particular vocal excersizes you do to to imporove pitch modulation? PM me if you have any tips.

Most of my public speaking is done to international groups of scientists in big lecture halls. Humor doesn't translate well so my scientist stage persona is very different from my normal personality. I tried to break out of lecture mode a lot but it was hard. Having only a day to prepare the video, everything was off the top of my head. With a bit of script-writing time and a some practice I hope it would have been better.

Now we wait.

Blogging the Borderlands
Wild Edibles Blog
I miss OBG.

#124203 - 02/18/08 12:47 PM Re: Casting Wildlife Expert update: video demo [Re: Blast]
Blitz Offline
Gear Junkie

Registered: 08/23/07
Posts: 535
Loc: MA
Great Job Blast, couldn't watch the whole thing being at work and all, (yeah sometimes they expect me to do something) frown , but what I saw was excellent. You got my vote.

Best of Luck!!


#124231 - 02/18/08 04:14 PM Re: Casting Wildlife Expert update: video demo [Re: Blitz]
MoBOB Offline

Registered: 09/17/07
Posts: 1219
Loc: here

Great video. Nicely presented. I like your vocabulary. Your choice of words was wonderful. I believe you are past the "diamond in the rough" stage and need just a little polish and training. The lecture circuit no doubt helps with the overall speaking. You'll do fine.

I couldn't help but split my sides laughing when you are talking about defending against the mountain lion...

"Kitty...back off!!!"

That was hilarious!!! Especially coming from the world's foremost cat bather.

I am on your side brother....

"Its not a matter of being ready as it is being prepared" -- B. E. J. Taylor

#124570 - 02/20/08 11:57 PM Re: Casting Wildlife Expert update [Re: Blast]
Blitz Offline
Gear Junkie

Registered: 08/23/07
Posts: 535
Loc: MA

I love it at the end "Brahhhh I'm a lion!" Funny $#!^. stuff. You could be a twin of my older brother.


#127251 - 03/13/08 11:04 PM Re: Casting Wildlife Expert update [Re: Blitz]
yellowfin Offline

Registered: 03/13/08
Posts: 1
So what is the latest? Blast, did you ever hear anything from them?

#127254 - 03/13/08 11:26 PM Re: Casting Wildlife Expert update [Re: yellowfin]
SwampDonkey Offline

Registered: 07/08/07
Posts: 1268
Loc: Northeastern Ontario, Canada
Hey Newguy, Yellowfin,

Let me be the first to welcome you to the ETS Forum, this is a fun place!


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