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Title: FF7 Voice Audition Thread
Post by: Marc on 2011-04-30 16:46:20
Update : In order to have a more professionnal sounding mod, auditions have been moved to : http://voiceactingalliance.com/board/showthread.php?65840-Final-Fantasy-VII-FanDub-HD-**-CASTING-CALL-EPISODE-1-**.  Rules have also slightly been altered.  All are free to apply.

It's finally here, first part of the project!

WHAT IS FF7VOICE
FF7Voice is a patch to apply Voice-Overs in FF7. The patch works by intercepting the dialog calls of the game and playing the appropriate recorded line from the protected sound archive. The original concept of FF7Voice was suggested by FF7Heart and a proof of concept was put together by Ficedula and perfected by Dziugo.

THE SCRIPT
A full game script was produced for the game by Marc with the help of Tsetra, Revenile and Prince Lex.  Our recording will be based on that script and it contains every line by dialog ID and field location in the game as well as battle ID and movie name and timing.  DPLB also gave us the list of all of the world map text thanks to his retranslation project.  Recording will take place starting with major events of the game and working down from them in order of importance.

HOW WILL LINES BE RECORDED
A test will be held on the bombing mission to see if a group recording method is the best way to do things.  The bombing missions has a limited numbers of lines and characters so it should do for a good test under Mumble, a free group voice chat software that has good voice quality and allows for multicast recording.  Group recording comes with its own set of advantages/disadvantages, namely that all Voice Actors involved in a scene meet for a few hours all at the same time, and we want to test to see if it is a better way of doing things than recording individual lines on our own as is the norm.  Should this test fail, the recording process will be done in the standard way of recording lines each on our own with a set deadline and sending them in to the director for revisions/sound processing.

HOW TO APPLY FOR AUDITIONS
Send an e-mail to [email protected] with the line below as well as your contact info (name, e-mail, phone number) schedule and anything else you'd like to add.  If your schedule will change within the year, please state it and say how it will change as best as possible.  Deadline for initial round of auditions is May 13th at 23:59 PST so please hjave your files submitted by then.

WHO IS AVAILABLE FOR AUDITIONS?
We will be casting roles for scenes as they become needed.  Right now, the following roles are available :

Cloud
Age: 21
Hometown: Nibelheim
Weapon: Buster Sword
Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Blood Type: AB+

The main character of Final Fantasy VII. Originally a member of SOLDIER, he is now a mercenary who will take any job. After being hired by AVALANCHE, he gradually gets caught up in a massive struggle for the life of the planet. His enormous sword can cut almost anything in two.

Audition Lines :
“I don't care what your names are.  Once this job's over…I'm outta here.”
“I'm not here for a lecture.  Let's just do it.”
“Come on‚let's get outta here!”

Kid Cloud
Cloud's conflicted inner voice represented by Cloud as a 7 years old.  His role will become clear later in the game.

Auditions Line :
Watch out!  This isn't just a reactor!!

Barret
Age: 35
Hometown: Corel Village
Weapon: Gun-arm
Height: 6 ft 05 in 1/2 (1.97 m)
Blood Type: O

Head of the underground resistance movement, AVALANCHE. He's fighting the mega-conglomerate, Shinra, Inc. which has monopolized Mako energy, building special reactors to suck it out of the planet. Barret depends on brute strength and his "Gun-arm" to see him through. His wife died in an accident several years ago, and he now lives with his daughter Marlene.

Audition Lines :
“The hell you all doin'!?  I thought I told you never to move in a group!”
“Ex-SOLDIER‚huh?  I don't trust ya!”
“When we blow this place‚it ain't gonna   be nothin' more than a hunka junk.”

Jessie
Jessie, is a non-player character in Final Fantasy VII, and is a member of AVALANCHE, together with Barret, Biggs, Wedge, and Tifa. She is a very caring person, who tries to get to know Cloud, and keeps the other AVALANCHE members in line.

Audition Lines :
“SOLDIER? Aren't they the enemy?”
“Code deciphered”

Biggs
Biggs is a minor characters in Final Fantasy VII. He's a member of AVALANCHE under Barret Wallace. Biggs cares about the people around him. He is not a fighter and instead work in the technological areas of AVALANCHE's attacks.

Audition Lines :
“Wow! You used to be in SOLDIER, huh? …Not everyday ya find one in a group like AVALANCHE.”
“Code deciphered”

Wedge
Wedge is a minor characters in Final Fantasy VII. He's a member of AVALANCHE under Barret Wallace. Wedge cares about the people around him. Wedge, being the weakest-seeming of the group, looks up to Cloud. He is not a fighter and instead work in the technological areas of AVALANCHE's attacks.

Audition Line :
“Yeah.”

Computer Voice
Reactor's Automated Security System.

Audition Line :
"Ten minutes to detonation!"

Looking forward to hearing your work!
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: BlitzNCS on 2011-04-30 17:21:02
Just got myself a pretty expensive condenser microphone with a pop shield, and I'm quite a recording enthusiast. I've got some proper studio equipment and software, so I may try out for a small part like Biggs or something. I'm probably not going to be able to do a group recording or anything though, since timezones will probably conflict etc.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: DragRopes on 2011-04-30 19:37:36
Sent an e-mail.  I also forgot to mention that I also have Logic Studio available to me, and I'm somewhat experienced in editing audio
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: yarLson on 2011-04-30 19:49:22
I have lots of sound editing experience and I can help you with a lot of the tedious stuff. I have Adobe Audition. Also I want to audition for some of the characters but right now I don't have my own computer. I am in the process of tyring to hasten my aquisition of a new PC just so I can be a part of this project  so please wish me luck :-D
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: jeffdamann on 2011-04-30 22:55:44
Im still confused, do you just want some info or do you want actual sound files of the lines being read?
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: Mesden on 2011-05-01 00:54:35
If you've sent an Audition, please send it again. Marc noted the wrong E-mail address. The E-mail is [email protected]Shaw.ca, not Shaw.com. Your auditions were not received.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: Marc on 2011-05-01 13:03:43
If you've sent an Audition, please send it again. Marc noted the wrong E-mail address. The E-mail is [email protected]Shaw.ca, not Shaw.com. Your auditions were not received.

Oops!

Edit :  I also realize I forgot to set a deadline.  Have your lines in by May 8th at 23:59 EST.  It is also recommended to record 3-4 takes per line.  Be mindfull of your recording quality.  Noises or a bad recording environment will reflect as badly upon your performance as a bad delivery.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: Opine on 2011-05-02 20:15:34
Im still confused, do you just want some info or do you want actual sound files of the lines being read?

Send an actual MP3 of you reading the line.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: Marc on 2011-05-05 21:09:39
Only 4 days left!
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: Marc on 2011-05-09 02:09:50
We want extra auditions so deadline has been extended until Friday.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: DragRopes on 2011-05-09 06:20:03
Well this makes me happy, considering I haven't been able to set up a recording area yet.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: Theclad on 2011-05-11 22:51:01
Hello there !
Did you receive my audition ? (cause I have lots of problem with my professional mail)
Thanks and good luck for other participants !
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: The Pezman on 2011-05-18 20:18:45
I had asked Marc to email me when this project got started (see the thread I started in this forum). However, he never did. Could I still audition - I'd be interested in one or two of the minor roles. I'll also probably re-audition for Hojo, when and if he comes up.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: Marc on 2011-05-18 20:53:47
I haven't e-mailed any of the old cast.

I also figured you'd like to apply for Hojo the most.

And yes, you may still send in auditions.  No decision has yet been taken.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: DragRopes on 2011-05-19 21:21:33
Good thing the auditions -still- haven't been closed, as I -STILL- can't find my mic.  It's really starting to annoy me, I have a few other projects I wanna work on.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: Marc on 2011-05-20 03:52:06
Because we haven't received many auditions and we want this to be a good quality project, the director has decided to put out a casting call to a voice acting community : http://voiceactingalliance.com/board/showthread.php?65840-Final-Fantasy-VII-FanDub-HD-**-CASTING-CALL-EPISODE-1-** (http://voiceactingalliance.com/board/showthread.php?65840-Final-Fantasy-VII-FanDub-HD-**-CASTING-CALL-EPISODE-1-**)

The actual audition process will be held through e-mails but will be directed from there.

More roles have also opened up and group recordings have been dropped as we felt it was a hindrance to receiving auditions.

All who wish to apply are welcome to!
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: obesebear on 2011-05-20 15:16:50
Quote

 CLOUD STRIFE
 
 The Main Protagonist of Final Fantasy VII. (Dramatic, Emotional)

sadface.jpg  I sure hope you guys aren't trying to make an emo Cloud
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: VinnyFinito on 2011-05-21 21:49:23
^

+1
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: DarkFang on 2011-05-21 22:22:03
Cloud is emo enough, albeit not as emo as Squall.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: Kudistos Megistos on 2011-05-21 22:44:04
sadface.jpg  I sure hope you guys aren't trying to make an emo Cloud

And apart from anything else, Cloud is the opposite of dramatic and emotional. Quite the opposite, in fact; he seems to have schizoid personality disorder (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schizoid_personality_disorder) for most of the game.

I hate the way that Advent Children FF6 fanboys have influenced the way people think of Cloud.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: Marc on 2011-05-23 03:45:16
That's the director's call.

However, from past experiences, Cloud was baddass and detached as he should be in the early parts of the game.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: VinnyFinito on 2011-05-25 18:01:03
Hè sounds self assured because hè thinks hè made it as à SOLDIER firstclass
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: Marc on 2011-05-30 18:40:10
We're in the final 24h of the first audition and we still haven't received a good barret audition.

If anyone sounds like Mr T (or knows him!), send something in.

Audition lines are in the VAA link.

Thanks.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: Covarr on 2011-05-30 20:15:36
We're in the final 24h of the first audition and we still haven't received a good barret audition.

If anyone sounds like Mr T (or knows him!), send something in.

Audition lines are in the VAA link.

Thanks.
I wasn't going to audition until Reno came up, but I think I may just if you still don't have a Barret.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: Marc on 2011-05-31 14:01:01
Deadline extended for a week since no Barret audition has been sent.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: Marc on 2011-06-12 13:07:09
Again, no Barret.

Another extension.

Some sound editing to the voice is possible so if you have a deeper voice naturally, please do send something in.

I'm itching to start recording!
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: Marc on 2011-06-23 13:06:01
*Still* no Barret.

The rest of the cast could be completed now (even though you can still send something in for others as auditions aren't officially closed yet) but we can't move forward without Barret!

If you know anybody who'd fit the part, please let him know about this.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: kicker on 2011-06-26 13:59:12
Since i want this project to be finished, i would like to give it a shot for Barret's voice actor. I just wanted to ask something beforehand. Since i am from Greece I'm not quite sure if my accent is perfect. Should i give it a shot and audition or not???
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: Marc on 2011-06-26 14:41:21
Try and we'll see.

The audition lines are in the VAA thread.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: Tenko Kuugen on 2011-06-27 17:58:22
I really doubt my friend gets his voice deep enough for barret. He's more Reno / Hojo / Rufus type
I think the main problem here is that barret-voice-like people are not exactly the nerdy type
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: obesebear on 2011-06-27 18:02:07
Why not just get someone to do the voice acting then run the samples through a program that will deepen it, and just mess with it from there?  Seems like the best bet.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: Marc on 2011-06-27 18:14:07
I really doubt my friend gets his voice deep enough for barret. He's more Reno / Hojo / Rufus type
I think the main problem here is that barret-voice-like people are not exactly the nerdy type

You'd be right to assume most black guys don't seem to be huge ff fans for some reason, based on the auditions we've seen.

As for your friend, is his voice is deep enough to be Rude, I'm sure some minor voice editing on our part could get him there.  Please ask him to send something in.  We can't move forward without a Barret.

Why not just get someone to do the voice acting then run the samples through a program that will deepen it, and just mess with it from there?  Seems like the best bet.

That's exactly my plan.  However, the voice must have some inherrent qualities to start with.  For example, the director's voice who is somewhat high pitched can't come close to doing a Barret without totally destroying the sound bite through editing.  That's why a deeper voice, even though it might not be "Mr. T" deep, would probably work as sound editing could get us there for the remainder of the way.

Edit : All roles cast EXCEPT for Barret.  Recording will not start until a suitable Barret is found.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: Hellbringer616 on 2011-06-28 21:26:50
Do you need a super quality mic? I have a webcam mic, And i'm not exactly Mr.T deep. But i can be angry and deep like i always thought he was.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: Marc on 2011-06-28 22:25:04
Mic quality is an important point but you should try to submit something regardless.  Sound editing will be done on the material.

If you get picked, a fairly good quality mic is only 10-15$ and I'd suggest getting one at that point though.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: Marc on 2011-06-30 04:32:33
Casting is complete for this part of the game.

More roles will be added at a later date.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Bombing Mission
Post by: Marc on 2011-07-14 13:25:18
Cloud needs to be recast.

Same procedure as before.

First who fits the job gets it so hurry up if interested.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Recasting Cloud
Post by: Tenko Kuugen on 2011-07-18 03:14:07
Might I inquire as to why is Cloud being recast? Did the old one quit or was he deemed unfitting?
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Recasting Cloud
Post by: Marc on 2011-07-19 03:02:58
I didn't make that call, the director did so I don't know the exact reason.  I assume he didn't submit his lines in a timely fashion after being reminded a few times.  Since this is scene 1, it's the right time to make these kind of adjustements.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Recasting Cloud
Post by: Tenko Kuugen on 2011-07-19 03:58:19
You know what would really help grow interest of potential VAs for this?
If you give a rough idea of what kind of voice is needed for a role. In some cases it is pretty obvious ( Barret, Aerith, Yuffie ) in others it's pretty much free guess ( Tifa, Vincent, Cat Sith, Red 13, Reno, Rufus, Hojo )
Sure, people could try to orient themselves on the AC voices but eh..
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Recasting Cloud
Post by: Covarr on 2011-07-19 04:26:58
in others it's pretty much free guess ( Tifa, Vincent, Cat Sith, Red 13, Reno, Rufus, Hojo )
Sure, people could try to orient themselves on the AC voices but eh..
I've been planning on auditioning for Reno as soon as the role opens up later on, fully planning on doing a Quinton Flynn impression. Why? Because he played the part so perfectly that it just wouldn't be as good any other way.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Recasting Cloud
Post by: Marc on 2011-07-19 11:48:55
Voice type ideas are provided in the VAA thread as well as the proper lines.

Edit : also recasting Biggs.  We did receive most of the other lines for scene 1 though so we should have a video up within a few weeks!

Update : Cloud recast.  Still looking for Biggs.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Recasting Biggs and Barret
Post by: Marc on 2011-08-17 12:29:53
Unfortunately, our Barret has opted out just as he was finising recording his lines.  I assume the standard of quality and the needed revisions was too hard for him to stomach.

So we, again, need a new Barret.  As well as a Biggs.

If nobody steps up, the director could voice Biggs although its not our preferred choice but Barret is too far for his voicetype.

We have the recordings for every other scene 1 VA and the quality is stellar.  A great improvement over the first take of this project so I'm confident that once we've found reliable VA'S for the major roles, this project will move ahead full speed.

If you have a bassy voice, please send us a demo (Barret lines are in the VAA link up top) and we'll go from there!

Barret has a huge role in the first parts of the game but is a bit less intensive as it goes on so someone committed is required.

Thanks.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Recasting Biggs and Barret
Post by: kicker on 2011-09-01 06:59:10
has barret been found or we can still audition for the position????
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Recasting Biggs and Barret
Post by: Marc on 2011-09-01 12:00:01
We are awaiting for some auditions from some VA who have already played the part in other projects but the part hasn't yet been cast so we definitely would encourage you to audition.

First suitable audition gets the part so send something in ASAP if interested.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Recasting Biggs
Post by: Marc on 2011-09-08 12:27:57
We found a VA to play Barret.

Hopefully we can show a completed video of the bombing mission and following scenes soon!
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Recasting Biggs
Post by: Hellbringer616 on 2011-09-21 01:13:52
Still need a biggs? I might accept the part. How good of a mic should i get? (don't have one) and what recording software?
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Recasting Biggs
Post by: fantasycloud on 2011-09-22 12:44:10
i don't think the project will be finished because of lack of wanted voice actors to cooperate, maybe i'm wrong?
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Recasting Biggs
Post by: Marc on 2011-09-22 12:56:15
i don't think the project will be finished because of lack of wanted voice actors to cooperate, maybe i'm wrong?

Yes, you are.  It's always longer to start the casting process if you're holding to your standards, which we are.  Most big roles have been cast.

Still need a biggs? I might accept the part. How good of a mic should i get? (don't have one) and what recording software?

Sure.  I'll have the director post his comments on the mic here.  I use audacity for recording software.  Open-Source.  Free.  High quality and easy to use the noise cleanup feature.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Recasting Biggs
Post by: fantasycloud on 2011-09-23 14:07:28
hope it will finish soon,,, i think you should focus only in the main characters to finished the project at a prescribed time because if you will do all the characters voices ,,,,man it's long... more power looking forward...
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Recasting Biggs
Post by: obesebear on 2011-09-23 18:20:02
hope it will finish soon,,, i think you should focus only in the main characters to finished the project at a prescribed time because if you will do all the characters voices ,,,,man it's long... more power looking forward...
What's with all the comma's and periods?
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Recasting Biggs
Post by: Marc on 2011-09-23 21:48:37
It's called underage person from a non-english speaking country who is also extremely bad with english

And that's called being rude for no good reason.  Don't pull this off again in this subforum.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Recasting Biggs
Post by: Mesden on 2011-09-24 03:37:25
If you need a good Mic, I'd check out Samson Condensor Mics if you want USB.

If you want a USB Pre-Amp, you could practically get anything at your local music store.
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Recasting Biggs
Post by: Hellbringer616 on 2011-09-27 20:15:38
Just remembered i own rockband, So i'll try and use that Mic, hoping i'll have a sample for you Marc here by the end of the night.

Any ideas how you want Biggs to sound?

EDIT: Sent
Title: Re: FF7 Voice Audition Thread - Recasting Biggs
Post by: Marc on 2011-09-29 00:26:08
Awesome.  Biggs is cast.  The whole cast is ready to go.

Director should have received Barret's lines already.  So revisions on those, biggs lines, sound editing and the first video should go up.

This took much longer than expected but I'm happy we're finally getting there!