Have you hugged your dragon today?
More voice actor interviews are coming your way in The Animated Voice, Volume Three. ISBN 978-1-68390-307-9. To be released: April 1, 2021.
LINDA SIMENSKY, Head of Content, PBS Kids, provides the Foreword for this insightful volume.
NICHOLAS BRIGGS, Executive Producer and Director at Big Finish Productions in the UK, as well as the voice behind the Daleks and Cybermen and many others in modern-day Doctor Who, onscreen and on audio books.
ANDREA ROMANO, legendary voice and casting director whose career spans over three decades and eight Emmy Awards, with credits ranging from The Smurfs to Batman: The Animated Series to Voltron: Legendary Defender.
The definitive voice of Batman and Bruce Wayne, KEVIN CONROY, and the voice of Dick Grayson and Nightwing, LOREN LESTER.
TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE voiceover veterans Michael Bell, Paul Eiding, Dan Gilvezan, Alan Oppenheimer, and Gregg Berger and of course, Peter Cullen and, in an extensive interview, Frank Welker.
A topical section discusses the value of actors, and whether it’s better for the cast to record individually or as an ensemble. Observations are provided by producers Nicholas Briggs, Phil Lollar (Adventures in Odyssey), and the late Dwayne McDuffie (Justice League Unlimited); directors Steve Anderson (Meet the Robinsons), David Bowers (Flushed Away), Ash Brannon and Chris Buck (Surf’s Up), Jill Culton (Open Season), Eric Darnell (Madagascar), Mark Dindal (Chicken Little), Pete Docter (Up, Inside Out, Soul), Sam Fell (Flushed Away), Mamoru Hosoda (Mirai), Tim Johnson (Over the Hedge), Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens), Mark Osborne and John Stevenson (Kung Fu Panda), Conrad Vernon (Shrek 2, Monsters vs. Aliens); voice directors Mark Evanier and Andrea Romano; and actors Kevin Conroy (Batman), Donald Faison (Hype Fazon, Star Wars Resistance), Mark Hamill (The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series; skekTek the Scientist in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), Mari Iijima (Lynn Minmay, Super Dimension Fortress Macross), Katie Leigh (Connie, Adventures in Odyssey), Suzie McGrath (Tam from Star Wars Resistance), Bobby Moynihan (Saturday Night Live; Louie, DuckTales, and Orka, Star Wars Resistance), Patton Oswalt (Remy from Ratatouille), Monica Rial (Bulma from Dragon Ball Super), Lou Romano (Linguini, Ratatouille), Will Ryan (Eugene, Adventures in Odyssey), Seán Schemmel (adult Goku from Dragon Ball Super), Keith Scott (Bullwinkle J. Moose), Christopher Sean (Kazuda Xiono, Star Wars Resistance), Peter Sohn (Emile, Ratatouille), Arnold Stang (Top Cat), Kiefer Sutherland (General Warren R. Monger, Monsters vs. Aliens), and Frank Welker (Transformers’ Megatron and many other voices).
Update: The Animated Voice, Volume Three is now available at Amazon at
From Literary Hub, “David Duchovny: I Tackle Writer’s Block From Behind; A Conversation with the Author of Truly Like Lightning,” February 8, 2021:
David Duchovny: Best writing advice was couched in the best movie making advice I ever got. A director friend of mine came to a screening of something I’d directed and wrote and he said, “people go to the movies to care about something. They make plans, they make dates, they pay babysitters and leave their homes and get in their cars—all because they want to care about something. Your job is to give them something to care about in the first five minutes. Doesn’t have to be a big deal, could be anything—will the old lady make it across the street, will the kid get an A on his paper, will the alien get back home. Give them something to care about in the first few minutes or you’ll lose them and no matter what, you won’t be able to get them back. You broke the contract. They came out to care and you broke the contract.” I think it’s exactly the same for writers. Just substitute 20 pages for 5 minutes, give them something to care about right away.
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Today on Facebook, February 5, 2021, Timothy Zahn–author of several Star Wars novels featuring Grand Admiral Thrawn, posted a video by “Rowan the Bard,” a shanty devoted to Thrawn. Watch, listen and enjoy:
Do you like dragons? Or gryphons? How about both? Prolific wordsmith Theresa Snyder has just published her latest adventure in the Farloft Chronicles series. It’s A Gathering of Dragons, and boy, are all those dragons needed. The medieval Kingdom of Kerth is about to be attacked by the Kingdom of Baldar–a kingdom which has two dragons, Kang and Gra, who happen to be the sons of the vile Eastern dragon, Thrax. Fortunately Kerth has their own dragons, a family led by the wise and noble Farloft, our hero. But Farloft ascertains he needs more help to stop the invaders and so, he goes on a global quest to recruit other dragons. He teams with Snow, a weather-casting gryphon, who helps keep Farloft’s dragon-sized ego in check. Together they come across creatures of various species and offbeat abilities. The adventure is packed with fun, friendship, tragedy, whimsy, and a touch of romance. Watch out for that greedy tunneling dragon!
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Today, December 15, 2020, Clayton Sandell of GOOD MORNING AMERICA presents fresh behind-the-scenes footage from THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK:
EXCLUSIVE: I’m excited to share rare & never-seen footage, outtakes & bloopers from #StarWars “The Empire Strikes Back”! Amazing moments with Harrison & Carrie, plus @HamillHimself's "Tauntaun Dance". A gift to you from my favorite Lucasfilm elves. #ESB40 https://t.co/3Rfe1qyr2i
— Clayton Sandell (@Clayton_Sandell) December 15, 2020
On YouTube, “Neatocoolville” uploaded a video he/she had recorded from America This Week, syndicated November 21-24, 1985, previewing Ewoks: The Battle for Endor with behind-the-scenes footage and an interview with Niki Botelho, the actress who played Teek.
What a treat. A fellow who calls himself “That Danish Guy” has uploaded a compilation of Mark Hamill’s interviews covering the original Star Wars trilogy, in chronological order, on YouTube, posted November 15, 2020:
From @Tokyosexwhale on Twitter:
So many Disney spin-offs. Really looking forward to, Man Up a Pole: A Star Wars Story pic.twitter.com/ecEHZQHvYQ
— Tokyo Sexwhale (@tokyosexwhale) December 11, 2020
One of the benefits of being a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators–or SCBWI, for short–is the opportunity to workshop with seasoned professionals. The organization has regional chapters throughout the world. The Los Angeles region has nine chapters that offer “LitMingles” that meet on a monthly basis. Each have their own presentations about the writing process, or a talk with an agent or editor, or manuscript reviews.
Author photo ©Marlena Van Zandt
Last Saturday, December 5, SCBWI-Pasadena–hosted by Ronna Mandel–held a workshop with a special guest, Christine Van Zandt, who provided feedback on query letters.
Ms. Van Zandt is a freelance writer, literary editor, and owner of Write for Success Editing Services, in which she finds ways to improve one’s manuscript and/or query letter. When she offers to “take your manuscript to the next level,” she certainly did with my query letter. Her insights are razor-sharp. In my case, she also “went the extra mile” in providing some market information. Click on this link for more details.
Take a peek at her upcoming book, A Brief History of Underpants, here.