comedic suspense short animation

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comedic suspense short animation 
the project is a 2 minute long animated film for my senior thesis in computer animation. My budget is limited, but your work will be credited in my film. I'm anticipating around 30 to 45 seconds worth of necessary voice talent for the main character Grim. Grim is a timid, easily frightened, and slightly neurotic 20 year old attempting to make his way home through a bad part of town, who has a nervous breakdown and scares away a thug via acting completely crazy. Having given this audio a rough pass myself, I can tell you it is fun work :)

There is no dialogue, the voice acting needed ranges from subtle fearful utterances, to a variety of extreme, over the top hysterical reactions, to chuckles of self satisfaction. The tone of the film is serious and suspenseful for the first half, and then unfolds into a whacky physical comedy.

I will list out to the best of my ability all of the utterances needed, but the most effective way of understanding all of the voice acting needed would be watching the work in progress of the short film. If you are interested, send submit an audition and I will respond with my work in progress of my film, which contains scratch audio for Grim for you to work off of.

film synopsis;

Grim is walking home with groceries, fearful of the bad part of the city. a newspaper blows by, startling Grim (he lets out a small shriek or squeak) and grim falls backwards on his behind. He realizes what had scared him is a newspaper, feels foolish and lets out a small nervous chuckle. while recovering himself, he sees a terrifying thug monster menacing over him. Grim tries to wave nonchalantly and quickly walks off with his groceries. The thug monster follows, and a chase ensues. In trying to escape Grim avoids seeing his path is heading towards the edge of a cliff; he notices the cliff, shrieks in reaction, and barely manages to stop himself, almost losing balance as he teeters on the edge of the cliff. recovering, he turns around to see the Thug is upon him. Frozen in fear, the Thug prepares to inflict harm upon Grim, when Grim finally snaps due to fear. His brain going haywire, grim lets out small sound of his brain short circuiting, and starts flailing around, jumping in place, and spinning in circles, all the while shrieking and hooting maniacally. finally, Grim begins picking up bricks and smashing them against his head, hooting like a lunatic whilst he does so. Grim scares off the Thug with his maniac antics, and the thug runs off. Winding down from his psychotic episode, Grim whacks himself halfheartedly in the head before collapsing on his knees, gasping to catch his breath and nursing a very sore head. After a moment of confusion, Grim realizes that he has saved himself, and punches the air rocky style, now thinking himself a macho badass. He walks off to his home, now confident in his self. A new Thug however approaches from behind. Grim notices this new thug, and lets out the same iconic sound of his brain short circuiting.


-subtle fearful utterances
-gasps of fear and surprise
-shrieks ranging from small to dramatic and feminine
-confused whaa's and huh's
-gasps for air due to fear induced speechlessness
-crazed lunatic howls and screams
-crazed howls with sounds of brick-head bludgeoning
self satisfied chuckles (or audible smirks)

2012-01-09 20:15:23 GMT
2012-01-31 18:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) 
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Project Parameters

The Voice Actor should be located in:
Student or Non-for-profit student project - USD 50
Movie and game trailers
45 seconds
English - USA and Canada
timid, slightly nerotic male in early 20's, apealing voice
Young Adult Male
• Audio files must be delivered via email
There are no special pre-, post-, or production requirements for this project.
Not defined
The voice seeker is willing to hire either union or non-union talents for this project

Script Details

*** Please submit custom demo. 
-"small nervous chuckle" (character is realizing he had a near death experience over a lowly newspaper blowing in the wind, but is still concerned for safety in such a shady neighborhood)

-"maniac hooting and shrieking" ( 15 seconds of sustained crazed hooting and shrieking, funny, and over the top, intimidating enough to scare away 'thug monster' )


-"shrieks" (reaction shrieks ranging in intensity)
- any other utterances you think will help sell your voice 
Please note that you should only use the script or your recording of it for auditioning purposes. The script is property, unless otherwise specified, of the voice seeker and it is protected by international copyright laws.

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