carolpelster wrote: ↑
October 11th, 2018, 3:53 am
Salutations to the "Grief A-la-mode" team.
I would like to offer to read the part of Kate Matchlock. She is hilarious.
My previous Librivox experience is reading a couple of books solo. But I have been wishing to take part in a play or dramatic reading, so this would be my first entry into this type of recording. I am not really sure how one does it. Are all the character's lines for an act recorded in one file? Should there be blank space between the lines? Is there an explanation of it all somewhere in the Librivox forum?
If I understand this correctly, I should wait to hear back from someone about what I do next!
so cool to have you with us, Carol
Yes Kate Matchlock is a funny choice for your debut
There are indeed a few "rules" for drama reading, so here they are:
1) no need to do an intro or outro, this will be done by the narrator. Instead, record your voice credit at the beginning of the file, which here should be: "Kate Matchlock, read by Carol" (or whatever you want your reader name to be)
2) then browse through the text and record all the lines you have to speak. While it may not be necessary to read the whole play, especially if she only shows up in one act, it would be good to read a bit around your lines, see what the others are saying, so you can better "react" to them. Just be as dramatic as you can in your character. That's the fun in drama
3) if there are stage directions qualifying your voice, like [laughs] or [sneezes], an added bonus would be that you act those out in your reading, if possible. Makes it more lively.
4) very important: leave enough space between each of your speeches, preferably 2-3 seconds. Even when you have stage directions in the middle of your speech , like [slaps him] or something, also leave 2 seconds of pause there, because the editor has to copy all your parts and paste them in a master file and it's helpful if he has enough space to fiddle with
I think that's it. The main thing is: Have fun !