London, UK (August 10, 2009)–Recording child actors for the new UK pre-school TV series, Waybuloo, has reportedly been a delight and a revelation for the staff at The Voice And Music Company.
There’s an old adage in the world of entertainment that you should never work with children or animals. But, says Voice and Music line assistant Adam Smyth, “Recording the kids was the easy part. There are four children involved in the series and they are all incredibly talented. They got into character much more quickly than adult actors and were fantastic to work with.”
In September 2008, The Voice and Music Company won the contract to record the voiceovers and ADR for the series. The Soho-based five-studio facility, headed by composition team Kim Goody and Alan Coates, has extensive experience of recording animation projects having already produced children’s shows such as Rory The Racing Car, Fifi and the Flowertots and Horrid Henry. In the case of Waybuloo, the contract was for 100 20-minute episodes
Waybuloo, a unique mix of animation and live action, focuses on children’s emotions. “The scripts are quite intricate, so there was a lot of work to do on each episode,” says Smyth. “I was concerned that the children might not be able to cope, but despite being very young–their ages range from 11 to 13 years–they are all consummate professionals and really took to the task well. We have been averaging five or six episodes in each full day of recording.”
As is usual with animation projects, the voice recording was carried out first, then the tracks were sent to Decode in Canada, where the animation was added and mixed with the live action footage. The final dubbing took place at Platform Studios in London, a facility with which The Voice and Music Company has a close association.
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