Personal Favourite Roles

This page will list ten of my favourite roles/productions from the other four categories. This will not be listed in any particular order, as I'm not a great believer in numbered "favourites" lists. It should also be noted that these are not my ONLY favourite roles, as I actually consider anything that actually gets finished to be a favourite. And then there's any number of roles that are waiting to be completed, or were completed a long time ago and I accidentally deleted them from my list of roles. In fact, I guess it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to say that all my roles are in some way or another "favoured", because they all mean an opportunity to be another person, a character who is not me at all, and yet inherently a part of me through the sound of my voice. It's a kind of magic.

So after that thoroughly overwrought explanation of what constitutes a "favourite" role, amidst all the other roles and productions I've been in, these ones here currently stand out the most in my mind.

  • Final Fantasy 8 - Voice Project
    Role(s): Seifer Almasy, Nida (understudy)
    From: Game-Related
    Description:
    This was the very first production I was ever casted in, so it holds a special place in my heart. It never got very far, and was probably a little too ambitious in its scope for its own good, but this sort of high quality audiovisual flash presentation was probably several years ahead of its time. In any case, I enjoyed being able to gnash my teeth as the overly angst-ridden Final Fantasy 8 villain, Seifer Almasy. I played that same sort of character in many other productions for years to come after that, and I have to thank this production for helping me find that initial voice type that lead me to all that other work. I also have to thank this productions for making me aware of the world of amateur voiceover work on the internet in general. Who knows if my talent would have manifested itself without this prodding?
    Quote:
    The project died a little too quickly for me to voice some of the meatier material that takes place later in the game, but throwing out this line dripping with caustic sarcasm was fun: "Oh, this is just great.... I've got a chickenwuss and a guy who just hit puberty in my squad."

  • Paradigmattica
    Role(s): King Kane
    From: Other/Original Concept
    Description:
    King Kane is one of the most thoroughly amusing roles I ever had the opportunity to play. Set in a strange fantasy world not too far removed from Monty Python and The Search for the Holy Grail (or Monty Python skits in general), I play an overbearing monarch with a Scottish accent who's none too pleased that his eldest daughter is missing, and that his youngest son, the dim-witted fool that he is, is next in line for the throne. Whacky hi-jinx follow, with musical accompaniment by the organ. This was a fun and funny production to be in, and unfortunately the website to this particular audioplay appears to have disappeared.
    Quote:
    There is a mixture of good one-liners and an extended exchange with his fool of a son, but here's a line that works by itself: "Come now! You can't just waltz into here and take over! Everyone in Kane knows that if anything were to happen to me, Candy is the one I've chosen to take my place. If you took over, the people would know. They'd rise up and kill you! I mean, no one really likes you, Sugar. You're kind of a bitch."

  • The Adventures of Captain Proton
    Role(s): Captain Proton/Tom Paris
    From: Other/Original Concept
    Description:
    At its very base, this audio production is a crossover between Star Trek: Voyager and Final Fantasy X. Beyond that however, it's hard to say what this series is about because it has a little bit of everything and is, at the very same time, a whole lot of nothing. It is the ultimate expression of pop culture references, allusions and parody gone monstrously wrong, and features what at first appear to be legitimate sentence structures that turn out to be streams of auditory nonsense designed to confuse the casual and the dedicated listener alike. Whether or not this sort of thing is your cup of tea is hard to say, but I find the depth of the sound mix and the production's self-aware leaps of narrative logic to be.... Most intriguing. Although I have managed to restrain myself from applying it, the label "post-modern" is a most apt description.
    Quote:
    Trying to find any single quote that can properly define this piece is.... difficult, at best. I'm not even going to try.

  • Elegia Eternum
    Role(s): Lance Penderson
    From: Game-Related
    Description:
    I believe this is not only one of the first player-created mods for Neverwinter Nights which had some customised voiceover work, but it is also the only one which was fully voiced for all the characters from the beginning of the module to its end. That it was coupled with a lovingly rendered story of loss, despair and torment only added more to its pedigree, resulting in one of the highest scores ever bestowed on a module in its day. The fact that I found this short, one/two-hour module more emotionally satisfying than the actual game's 60-hour long campaign speaks volumes. Heck, I even went out and bought the game just for this one module so I could find out what happens in the story.
    Quote:
    All the lines have a wonderful sense of character and medieval charm, starting all the way from my character's first lines to the player, "Greetings to you. A fellow adventurer, no doubt? Welcome. Welcome! 'tis a fine inn you have chosen for your evening rest. I myself have stayed here quite some time, and I find the food to be fine and the company to be most pleasant."

  • Fist of Discomfort
    Role(s): Ojisan
    From: Game-Related
    Description:
    From the creator of Elegia Eternum, comes a Neverwinter Nights module that goes in a different direction (comedy instead of tragedy), but is just as technically and artisticly accomplished as the previous production (it's just a pity it was never finished!) Turning the stolid roleplaying atmosphere of NWN into a fun, lightweight arcade game: Where one could play one of a series of colourful characters who then run into colourful evil bosses, who in turn say colourful language based on the badly translated trashtalk of those wonderful "old skool" side-scroller fighting games. I absolutely loved doing the "badly dubbed Japanese old man" voice for Ojisan, and simply don't get enough of an opportunity to use that in anything else.
    Quote:
    As Ojisan, the game's narrator (and a secret character!), I got to say a lot of wonderfully ridiculous lines, such as this one: "This village is currently on fire in a manner which is not likely to be accidental! Such impudence must be punished! Fellow senior citizen, who is responsible for this??"

  • 8-Bit Theater Flash Animation
    Role(s): Black Mage
    From: Flash Animation
    Description:
    A flash animation series based upon a long running webcomic of the same name, where I play a thoroughly disagreeable, rude and borderline psychotic character who feels fenced in on all sides by nothing but idiots. What's there not to like? It's also the closest thing I'll ever get to playing the kind of role that I've enjoyed watching in British comedies: The highly intelligent, self-serving neurotic, as Rowan Atkinson and Chris Barrie made famous in shows like Blackadder and Red Dwarf. This role also marks my first foray into flash animation, so it was rather big as far as first stepping stones go!
    Quote:
    I think this line more or less sums up Black Mage's philosophy about life in general: "Why, it would take some kind of insane megalomaniacal fiend to take pleasure in wielding the tapestry of creation to focus pure energy into reality through my nothing more than my own will, the rush of electricity through my being, the power--My god, the POWER! IT'S THE ONLY TIME I FEEL ALIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVES!

  • Rurouni Kenshin - Jinchuu Arc RP
    Role(s): Yukishiro Enishi
    From: Anime/Manga-Related
    Description:
    Rurouni Kenshin is one of my favourite anime/manga series, so getting a chance to be involved in this audioplay production based was quite a treat for me. This is also one of the only long-running anime/manga projects I've been in that has actually managed to stay alive after one or two episodes. This is not an event that occurs very often on my Anime/Manga-Related roles list, especially for an audioplay adaptation of what is meant to be a very VISUAL-oriented series of work. As well as that rare acheivement, I enjoy playing the sort of villain that's in this audioplay series! Enishi represents a performance built from several years of playing "soul blackened with hate and the lifelong search for revenge"-type of villains.
    Quote:
    I found this monologue to be exquisite to roll my tongue around, filled with seething anger and barely restrained fury: "Where have I been all this time? I was in Shanghai. I didn't want to live in the new Japan you Ishin Shishi made. Shanghai, the demon city of the Orient, the whirlpool of riches and greed both East and West. After the Boshin War, after I lost my sister, my family was scattered. For a kid driven out of Japan to survive in Shanghai meant coming out on top of the fiercest competition. I drank from mud puddles, I ate the flesh of corpses. I was always getting sick, always just about to die."

  • Xin
    Role(s): Legend, Dom
    From: Flash Animation
    Description:
    Being involved in a fandubbing project based on a popular piece of animation from Japan is, I have to admit, pretty cool. But it's even cooler to be involved in a project where one gets all the excitement of an action anime series, while at the same time, is given the opportunity to collaborate with the animators and even possibly influence the way the story will turn out. As well as being so close to the production process, I love the dramatic (and melodramatic) slant this series has, as the characters battle each other for dominance over the school, their own self-respect and other ideals. There is a level of eloquence and exposition that one doesn't quite expect from what is meant to be an action series (unless, of course, one is familiar with the conventions of Japanese animation!)
    Quote:
    Legend is far too cool, calm and collected for his own good, but I do enjoy saying his lines, that radiate with a laidback confidence: "That is a burden I chose to bear when I accepted the title in the first place. Whatever happens.... I'll be waiting for it."

  • The Amazing Adam Android
    Role(s): Adam Android, Firestarter
    From: Flash Animation
    Description:
    A heartwarming tale about a boy (who happens to be an android), his dinner date with a girl from Jersey, and a robot that's out to destroy the city. It's fun, free-spirited films like these that make me glad I got into voiceover work for animation. I especially loved how much my performance was enhanced (and often eclipsed) by the little nuances in the character animation: from the little movements of the head, to the quick changes of facial expression, even down to the more-than-competent lip synch that matched and followed the mood I was trying to convey with my voice, and then punching up just that little bit more. It's quite a beauty to behold.
    Quote:
    There really aren't any good quotes from any single character in this, as this piece concentrates more on action and quick back-and-forth comedic patter. I liked the exchange between Adam and Stacy as she points out the fact that his hair is on fire, however. The timing on that was nicely done, on both the vocal and animation side.

  • Comedy Fandub
    Role(s): The Black Swordsman
    From: Anime/Manga-Related
    Description:
    While praise for the actual animation needs to go to the studios who made it, the mysterious, melancholy mood of this piece is enhanced by the producer's wonderful, delicate use of sound: the hoofbeats from the approaching horseman, the subtle wooshes as the Swordsman leaps into battle, the rush of air that deadens all other sounds and causes our eyes to be riveted to the screen.... And the sword swing which roars like an electrical storm, and one which we believe could easily tear through armour, muscle and bone alike. All to the music of "Ave Maria", while juggling dialogue volume levels and their appropriate environmental effects. On both a technical and artistic level, this fandub numbers amongst the best I've ever had the opportunity to be in.
    Quote:
    My character doesn't speak a lot in this piece, but what he does say seems to harken back to the fairy-tales of old. Filled with wonder, magic and that icy touch of dread for the horrific things that lay unseen in the dark: "What you saw at the castle on that windy night.... and what you saw at the bridge last night... how I smiled... Never utter a word to anyone. If you dare speak... I will find you wherever you are... and I will kill you. I will rip you apart... crush your bones and eat your flesh. I will drink your blood. I will... devour you."

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