Our Big News!
Sorry it's been so long since we last posted an update, but an opportunity arose several months ago that we've been pursuing ever since, and we decided to hold off on further updates until we knew whether or not things would work out in our favor. However, today we're able to announce that after months of pestering and pleading with various representatives from the Screen Actors Guild, we have been cleared to contract the experienced and extremely talented voice actor Bob Bergen to provide the vocal performances for T.P.!
Bob has been a professional voice actor since he was eighteen, and his list of feature film and television credits for animation alone is staggering. He has been providing the voice for Porky Pig since 1990, but if you listen to his animation demo reel(The link to his site is below) you'll recognize several iconic characters including, but not limited to...
Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Marvin the Martian, Droopy Dog, Luke Skywalker, and more! Also, be sure to check out his resume and count how many of your favorite films he's worked on.
Aside from being very accomplished, Bob's also a super nice guy, and to say he's being generous with his time, talent, and expertise is an understatement. We're very grateful, and we're sure that his involvement is going to provide the last key ingredient that up until now our little production was lacking. We've reserved time in a state of the art recording studio that tailors specifically to voice actors, and we're traveling down to LA next week to take this thing to the next level!
So that's the big news, and again we apologize to everyone, especially those of you who have been writing us for updates. We just thought it would be more exciting to include this information in our next update, but had no notion of exactly how long the process was going to take. Things just seem to take a lot longer when you've hardly got any money and no one knows who you are. We think it was worth the wait though.
As far as the other areas of production are concerned we're making lovely progress. We've knocked out several puppets and completed a nice hunk of animation, and we're very happy with how everything's looking. We've had some invaluable assistance from a few fellow artists of course. Mike Barnett has been providing excellent illustrations and background art, Preston Stringer IV has been a tremendous help in applying the wonderful little details to our puppets, and Dorthy Thielsen is doing an excellent job as our miniature costume designer/fabricator. Bob's beautiful and obnoxiously talented sister Grace Blevins has been with us since day one, providing the awesome logo and type for WerleyBob Pictures, as well as helping us out with flyers and other promotional materials.
We've been working with a talented musician Justin Anderson also, and he's putting together some very promising tracks for us. You can check him out through the link below...
There is also a very powerful and famous piece of music that is essential to our storytelling, and we're very happy to say that we've been able to secure the rights to a beautiful recording for use in the film, which is another large weight off our shoulders.
So we're still plugging away over here. We must confess that things are taking longer then we suspected they would, but at the same time it's looking more and more like this film is going to be of a higher quality then we thought reasonable to expect when we posted our proposal on this fantastic website. It's a labor of love, but we're confident that as time goes on more help will come, and the pace of our production will snowball. Of course if it doesn't, ya'll are just gonna have to wait.
I'm posting some screen shots from the film, and we're updating the blog as well for anyone who wants more detailed information on what exactly is going on over here.
So questions and comments are always appreciated, and in the words of a certain pig we recently had the pleasure to leave a voicemail for... "That's All Folks!"
P.S. Seriously, we dialed a phone number and Porky Pig was on the other end encouraging us to Duh-du-bleh-duh-bleh-du-bleh-duh leave a message! How cool is that? Cheers!
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