I'm on allergy medicine and that's about as piratey as I'm going to get on this, Talk Like a Pirate Day 2006. But as you can see I had a comely wench on my arm yesterday. I usually don't take pictures with people I work with. I started my career with seven or eight of the Disney "Nine Old Men" and never had them sign my Art of Disney book. It feels weird to me to ask for an autograph of someone I work with and that includes the actors I've recorded over the years. Of course, I have pals with tons of cool autographs and pics and I don't. I have memories but with my brain how long are those going to last?
And, believe it or not, I didn't get a picture just because Selma Blair is drop dead gorgeous. I had brought my camera to get pictures of the ADR session for the blog and realized I hadn't taken any as Selma was about to leave so I had someone snap this. But just about every other picture that I did take came out blurry so sorry Ron fans, no new pics here.
Recording went well despite the fact that we had a plague of cameras there. There were at least three, maybe four, video cameraman documenting the session for the DVD. They also interviewed the actors against a green screen that they set up in a tiny waiting room. They had a camera covering me so they have a thrilling four or five hours of me staring at a video screen, checking for lip sync. There's a video extra you can't live without. The actors were filmed constantly too. I looked up once while Ron was acting out being caught in a giant spider web and saw him making a truly terrifying face. I'm sure they'll be using that on the DVD but, wow, can he looks scary!
Unfortunately, the schedules of the actors didn't overlap so there were no happy reunions caught on tape. Selma and Ron are looking forward to getting started on Hellboy 2 with Guillermo. Phil Lamarr just had to replace some temp lines we had added for a pilot and Junior BPRD Agent. He's such a huge comic fan that I thought he could give a different perspective on acting in comic based animation. Hope his interview went well. Peri Gilpin was a delight to work as she adjusted her lines on Kate Corrigan. She said the fun of doing animation like Final Fantasy is that she can be cast in a role that she wouldn't normally be considered for, but she really identifies with Kate and feels that it's a role she would have a shot at even in a live action movie. Guess that's moot, since GdT has no plans for Ms. Corrigan in his movies. I really appreciate that fans reacted positively when they heard about the casting of Peri for Kate.
On other fronts we don't have the time to get this movie done by the agreed date but I guess we'll do it anyway. That's called "television." If we weren't trying to jam every bit of quality into it, it wouldn't be a problem. Cartoon Network gave us a bit of a reprieve when they said they would broadcast the premiere letterboxed as I wanted, thereby giving us a little more time to do a "pan and scanned" full screen version. Make sure you watch the premiere! Musically, Christopher Drake is practically killing himself to give the score a big screen feel. In a "good news, bad news" sort of way, Guillermo used his clout over the weekend to get us permission to use the Hellboy theme from his movie. Unfortunately, that means Chris will have to go back and redo some already magnificent music cues but we hope the fans will get some sort of primal charge at hearing the Hellboy theme at certain key points. Otis and friends at Audio Circus are completely overwhelmed by the sheer tonnage of sound effect they're trying to squeeze in. I'll be spending time with them tomorrow, hearing the fx track for the entire movie for the first time.
It's all craziness right now but it's weird to think that by the time you see the results of our efforts, we'll be so deep in Hellboy: Blood and Iron that we'll be lucky if we remember that it's on! -- Tad