The STORK FROM TIMBUKTU - a parable for birds of all feathers
Here's a little thing I penned a few years back and just recorded for your entertainment!
Here below: a selection of CHARACTER VOICES for various video games, audio books and commercials.
A while back, I voiced the role of SHALE in the popular fantasy-adventure, role-playing game DRAGON AGE ORIGINS. Described by BioWare, its makers, as "an epic tale of violence, lust and betrayal", a "dark heroic fantasy" story told on an epic scale with mature themes. It was a load of fun to do and - to my huge delight - my performance generated lots of praise and even some fan mail!
Some of my friends pointed out a
marked physical resemblance between me and Shale, which could be why I
was selected for the role. But I've had a few queries that I would like to
Alex writes: I Just wanted to say how
much I enjoyed your performance as Shale (or "Shayle") in Dragon Age:
Origins. The character was a lot of fun. I was just curious how much, outside
of the audio effects, you altered your own voice for the part?
My natural voice is low pitched, but I had to make it even deeper and and more gravelly. Smoking two packs of Marlboro a day helped significantly. My thanks to Big Tobacco.
Norm from Cleveland: Just wanted to compliment you on your work as Shale in "Dragon Age: Origins." What was the most challenging part of your voice-over role?
Smoking the Marlboros. Especially in
Burbank, where smoking is a major felony.
And Ian says: I noticed that in the credits of the video game 'Dragon Age: Origins' by BioWare, you were cast in the role of the stone Golem named Shale. I'm curious how the sound engineers were able to make your voice sound so masculine, ignoring the point that Shale was a female dwarf in a past life.
Many thanks to all you other gamers who were kind enough to drop me a line.
Credit where credit is due: Huge thanks and highest accolades to producer Ginny McSwain, who did a great job directing the vocals and to all the guys at TIS in Burbank, where we did the recording.
Click on the following links to see a trailer, together with some sequences involving Shale: The Stone Prisoner Trailer