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SAG Animated Feature Film

A Feature Film!?

Guess who booked her very first SAG animated feature film?! holly-headshotTHIS GIRL! And not just one role, but two! Can’t wait to tell you all about it soon!

And can I just mention how incredibly grateful I am for my awesome Dallas Agent and Agency? Julie Holman from Kim Dawson Agency, you are a total rockstar!

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Mary Morgan – Everyone’s FAVORITE owl!

 

mary morgan headshotThis week’s Feature Artist is youthfully enchanting, audience romancing, and contrary to the ordinary! Mary Morgan, a Dallas-based voice actor, is here to tell us all about herself! She’s worked for companies like Bowlopolis, Hallmark, Hamsterball StudiosFUNimation, Eipix and SKA Studios, plus many more! She is repped by several premiere talent agencies, including Linda McAllister Talent and DeSanti Talent Agency!

I have had the pleasure of knowing Mary for quite some time now! We first adventured together in Bob Bergen’s Amazing Animation Workshops! Right off the bat, I was oh-so-impressed (and challenged!) by her talent! She can really work that mic yall! Then we got to know each other better at the Voicelympics Cruise, where we learned even more voiceover techniques from superstars like Deb Munro, Julie Williams, Bob Bergen (again), Joyce Castellanos and Bill Holmes!

Voicelympics Cruise!

Voicelympics Cruise!

And surely you remember that Dallas Producers Association (DPA) meeting that altered my existence? I told you about my sweet friend who introduced me to Keith Alcorn because I was too nervous to go and introduce myself. MARY. Anyhoo, many more workshops, meetups, and thankfully now with social media, we have been able to get to know one another even more! We FINALLY get to work together for REAL as we record Owlegories and are both proud members of the VOXY Ladies!! Speaking of everyone’s favorite cartoon…., she’s Gus, the dopey barn owl who’s ALWAYS hungry, and I’m Violet who gets slightly annoyed and sassy about his crazy obsession with his 3rd lunch. Gus is by far, the coolest owl! If you ask any Owlegories fan, who’s your favorite owl, they will 100% say GUS! He’s my favorite too! 🙂

Mary Morgan graphicMary is a unique, generous soul. Her branding by Celia Siegel fits her to a tee! Youthfully enchanting, audience romancing, and contrary to the ordinary! Let’s learn more about this little boy speaking, krav maga practicing, animal loving, world traveling, angelic singing voice talent now!


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Cliff Zellman – Emmy Award Winning Audio Engineer!

Today’s feature artist is none other than Emmy Award Winning Audio Extraordinaire, Cliff Zellman! Cliff is a renowned Audio Engineer, Producer, Director, Editor, Coach, and overall VAST resource for ANYONE involved in any aspect of broadcast audio. He is the Chief Audio Engineer and head of audio production for RadioVision. AND he owns Amazing Demos, a company that produces hand-crafted demos for VO pros! AAANNNND he created the now 975 member Dallas Voice Actors Meetup Group (DVA)cliff hat

Speaking of the DVA, I met Cliff when I was searching for some VO coaching, and answers to all my home studio set-up problems. I was astounded that in all my years of VO, our paths had not crossed! Here was this phenomenally-talented, overly-qualified guy right in my own backyard! I went to his intro class and was FLABBERGASTED at the amount of high-quality, industry-specific information he gave out for such a reasonable fee! His wealth of knowledge, industry connections, and expert experience far exceeded my expectations! Anytime anyone calls/emails/facebook messages/etc with the generic “how do I get started in VO?”, I send them to Cliff! Oh, how I wish I would’ve known about him YEARS before so I could’ve saved myself wasted $$$ and time. Live and learn.

CZ-SausalitoHe’s such a kind, genuine soul that you feel as if you’ve known him for a decade. He’s that protective upperclassman during your awkward days in jr high! I’m so blessed to know Cliff! And to refer dozens of up and comers to him. He also works one on one with more seasoned talents. RUN, do not walk your little butt to “meetup” with Cliff! And if you need an auto commercial (well, basically ANY commercial) produced, duh. He’s your guy!

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Larry Brantley – the heart (and voice) behind Wishbone!

 

Larry Brantley is our featured artist this week! He’s a man you know well. Unless you are a recluse and don’t own a TV.

Cutie Larry Brantley

Cutie Larry Brantley

Otherwise, you’ve seen him literally hundreds of times as the world’s busiest (and funniest) on-camera commercial actor! Money Man. Brookshire’s. Texas Tourism. JCPenney. Cici’s. AT&T. yada yada yada. I could go on and on and on! But that’s not all he does! He’s also quite a big deal on the voiceover scene! From household name commercial brands to videogames to promos to voicing your favorite childhood star, WISHBONE, he’s literally done it all! The little dog with a big imagination!Oh yeah, and he was everyone’s favorite Lord Chancellor at Medieval Times!

I had the absolute delight of first meeting Larry when we recorded the BOZ the Bear series (He’s BOZ) with Alison Viktorin and Tim Cissell at Reel FX in Dallas. Y’all, this guy is a comedic genius. Yeah yeah yeah, he’s definitely funny on camera or behind the mic on a cartoon. But it’s the in-between takes stream-of-consciousness-type-funny that will make you die laughing. Sometimes I’d be driving down the road 3 days after a session and be like OOOHHHHHHHH! Bahahahahaaaaaahhhhhhaaaaa! Not only is he hysterical, he is the biggest pro in the booth I have ever worked with! Do it 77 ways. Got it. Improv. Done. Sing it this time like a cowboy wearing nothing but a tutu while hulahooping and drinking scorching hot coffee in Tibet. Check! But what I love most about Larry is the way he loves his daughter.

fatherdaughterThe apple of his eye. Not an hour goes by where he doesn’t mention her in his gentle, fatherly doting way. Trust me, he’s not obnoxious like OMGosh would you please STOP talking about your kid? It’s more like holy crap this girl is so blessed to have a daddy who adores her more than life itself. She is growing up ahead in the world because of her father’s one-of-a-kind love for her.

Enough sappiness. Let’s hear straight from the old fart now!

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Get to Know Keith Alcorn of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius!

YOU know Keith Alcorn, this week’s Feature Artist, as the producer and co-creator of Oscar nominated feature film, Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius for Paramount and Nickelodeon. And you also know him as executive producer of The Ant Bully for Warner Brothers.

I’VE been blessed to know him as the guy whose jokes tickle my funnybone and who makes me giggle until my sides hurt, the director who always has time to ask me how it’s going or respond to the dumbest questions, and the guy who would never in a gazillion years brag about his MANY accomplishments.

My fave cartoon EVER.Wanna know how I met him? When I heard he was going to be speaking locally, I high-tailed it to hear first-hand from this creative genius. See, my boys, now 16 and 13, were HUGE Jimmy Neutron fans at the time. I felt it was my maternal duty to listen to the man share his creative insights. I also felt a weird connection to sassy Cindy Vortex, a Jimmy Neutron character. She is basically my inner voice who I have to keep shushing so I can be nice to people. Well, imagine my DELIGHT, when I won the door prize (a bottle of wine) that night at the Dallas Producers Association. I felt weird because A. I don’t drink, B. I am not a producer, C. I kinda shouldn’t have been there, and D. I was basically just stalking Keith Alcorn. But they had me get up and say a bit about myself. “Hi, I’m Holly Franklin. I’m a voice actor. Yes, this is my real voice….blah blah blah.” Never mind that I secretly prayed I would win, because maybe, just maybe, it would be like a mini audition. MAYBE he’d hear me speak and hire me on the spot to be Cindy in case the real Cindy was away in Tahiti? Maybe he’d create a whole series just for me because I’m so spectacular?! Yeah, none of that happened. But it didn’t matter bc I was in the room with THE KEITH ALCORN, a man I had professionally admired from afar for a freaking long time.

Ant Bully!

Ant Bully!

After the talk which was fantastic, as expected, I was WAAAAY too nervous to go talk to him. Lucky for me, my VO pal Mary Morgan was there, and she knew Keith from a project they had worked on previously. She was so kind to introduce me to my hero. What stood out to me that night was how he was so kind, and genuine.

Fast forward a few years. I got an email out of the blue from Keith saying he wanted me to audition for his upcoming project. WHAT?! He remembered me?! I guess those prayers really worked! It was for Owlegories, a Gospel-centered animated series. And much to my delight, I booked the role of Violet, the pretty purple snow owl!

Over the course of the last 2? 3? years, I have been so honored to work under the direction of Keith Alcorn. He sets up each scene beautifully, fosters a true environment of creativity and teamwork, and really pulls out of each of us what he is looking for to make each episode super-special! I’ve always said that God created imagination, and I can say without a doubt that Keith Alcorn has been gifted with a extra helping of imagination and creative genius.

VIolet and Uncle Fly (me and Uncle Si) on the cover of the latest Owlegories DVD!

Violet and Uncle Fly (me and Uncle Si) on the cover of the latest Owlegories DVD!

If I could handpick and choose ANY director EVER to work with, it would be this man – my friend, Keith Alcorn.

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Meet Tim Cissell – Wishbone’s Master Musician!

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Tim at The Mighty Wurlitzer at The Paramount Theatre in Denver. This instrument is one of two remaining Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organs in the USA from the 1920s; the other is in Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

You may not recognize our next Feature Artist by name AT FIRST, but let me tell you…you will know him by the tunes you hum on a daily basis! In fact, you’ll knock yourself upside the head for not immediately recognizing him! Does WISHBONE ring a bell? Yeah, that’s his baby! He was the music director, composer and theme-song writer for the Peabody and Emmy award winning children’s television show, WISHBONE. Which btw, began running on PBS in 1994, and continues to be shown in the US and all over the world! Look what I found on good ole YOUTUBE! Every Wishbone Ever. You’re welcome!

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WHO is BOB BERGEN? Porky Pig, plus that’s not all, folks!

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Cutie Bob Bergen

What can I possibly say about BOB BERGEN that you don’t already know? You already know he’s the longtime iconic voice of Porky Pig and Luke Skywalker (Robot Chicken). Oh yeah, don’t forget the Annie Award nominee for Cadet of Duck Dodgers, the TWO time Emmy-nonimated series! And of course pretty much every animated feature you love features B-O-B…Minions, Tinker Bell, Wreck it Ralph to name of few. OH yeah! Don’t forget the recent smash hit The Secret Life of Pets!

Yep, he's in this one too!

Yep, he’s in this one too!

Here’s how I know Bob! So I mentioned the Voiceover Cruise to you back in this Spotlight Post about Doug de Nance. Well, of course, the reason I signed up to go to the cruise was because of BOB BERGEN. I mean, really?! If you want be the best in your industry, you gotta train with the best, right?! I also took 2 animation workshop intensives from Bob when he visited Dallas at the state of the art, spacious Cake Mix Studios. It was early-ish on in my career, and I remember feeling intimidated BEFORE I stepped foot into the classes. After like 5 minutes though, you feel like Bob is not only your BFF, but also your biggest cheerleader. Pretty soon, you’re shoving paper towels in your mouth and making babies (baby noises that is). You soon move on to pterodactyls – baby pterodactyls, mama pterodactyls, scary pterodactyls, pterodactyls who eat rainbow sprinkles for breakfast. Of all the classes, coaching and training I have received for animation voiceover, his class has been the.most.practical and impactful coaching EVER. I find myself on a daily basis going back to his useful, practical advice. He taught me the proper way to bark for crying out loud! I owe this man my career!

Bob and Hollypop!

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SQUIRREL!!!

TIP TUESDAY (except it’s Thursday)! Been pretty excited about the SQUIRREL since day uno! And it’s finally here!! Backtrack…we’ve been talking about how to use your body when recording character voices! So today’s post is about SQUIRRELS!

Ratatoskr!

Smite’s Ratatoskr!

 

Speaking of squirrels, I’ve put a few pics in this post of some squirrels I’ve gotten to play!

Autumn Red Squirrel!

Schoolzone’s Autumn Red Squirrel!

 

 

 

 

 

 

In case you missed the other characters, so far we’ve covered:

How to be a VO Princess

How to Be a Big Fat Whiny Fit Throwing Baby!

How to Talk Texan/Cowboy/Hick/Hillbilly/Yeehaw!

Ck out this week’s installment of … Physicality in VO – Part 4 – SQUIRRELS!

Watch the video, but if you’re too lazy, read this:

SQUIRRELS! Get your big buck teeth showing, beady eyes – quick glances around the mic, and talk faster than those medical ad disclaimers. Every once in a while shake out your bushy tail just because it’s fun. Often times I hold my hands together like T-rex arms when I’m doing a squirrel. And nibble your gathered nuts!

 

Ragnatoskr!

Ragnatoskr!

Here’s what’s coming in the Physicality & Props in VO Series!

What do you think about the SQUIRREL video? Too much? Talk faster?

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Tell me.

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When He Speaks, It’s An EVENT. Spotlight on Doug de Nance!

HOLLYPOP’S NOTE ABOUT DOUG: Today I’m super excited to introduce DOUG de NANCE to you (as IF you don’t already KNOW HIM)! Doug is my voice polar opposite. Like seriously other end of the voice universe and you get DOUG! I can’t explain it in words. Okay, I’ll try. Like how old people can’t hear me speak bc I’m squeaki-licious, his voice is so deep and BIG and soothing and manly and wow! – he can probably make dogs howl when he wants. I haven’t tested out the dog theory, but I’m pretty sure it’s true. Or like how if you speed up a squirrel voice track, you get me…He’s a T-Rex voice lowered by 17 bazillionty octaves. His voice is so freaking adaptable! Cuh-razy Monster Truck Announcer one night, super-Dad for a national commercial the next, and in between a smooth (and funny) imaging voice for your early morning commute. Geez, is there anything this guy CAN’T do?doug extra pic

I met Doug on a VOICEOVER cruise (I know, tough life, eh?) hosted by none other than Julie Williams, with special guests Deb Munro, Joyce Castellanos, Gene Cordes and Bob Bergen (PORKY PIG)! They were in fantastic company with the voice of Monster Truck Shows (and tons of other clients, I’m just fixated on that bc it’s cool), DOUG de NANCE! It’s a comedic dream of mine to voice something with Doug! Mutt and Jeff. Peanut butter and Jelly. Siskel and Ebert. But enough about my VO fantasies, let’s hear more about DOUG! Read more