The original voice of the Jawas in Star Wars was paid in movie tickets
It’s fitting that Dee Bradley Baker, a man of a million voices, started out as a Jawa, not in the Star Wars films, but as a promotional. Dee Bradley Baker was a Jawa, not in the Star Wars films but as a promotional officer. Star Wars1978 – He was again released. His salary was in movie passes. He didn’t know it would lead to his work as a voice actor for Lucasfilm Animation.
Baker’s life shares some parallels with fellow Lucasfilm voice actor and sound designer Matthew Wood. The Star Wars voice veterans paired up for the “Voices of Star Wars Animation” panel at 2021’s New York Comic Con on Friday to share details about their work and answer fan questions.
Baker is a voice actor for movies, cartoons and video games. He’s the human behind the chitters, grrrrr, or prrrs of iconic cartoon critters, such as Appa, Momo, Perry the Platypus, and myriads of fantastical species. He’s also prolifically voiced humans, such as Tarrlok of Legend of Korra and the multiplicity of Star Wars clone soldiers of CGI Lucasfilm Animation’s The Clone Wars, Star Wars RebelsPlease see the following: Bad Batch
Wood’s portfolio is not without organic beings, but he mostly deals in droids, starting with General Grievous’s weaselly droid voice in Revenge of the SithAnd Clone Wars He also voiced the unlucky Separatist droids in the cartoons — savagely, his favorite quote is a droid crying “But I just got a promotion!” before he’s destroyed. Wood also played the thickly lekku-ed Twi’lek second-in-command of Jabba the Hutt, Bib Fortuna, in live-action (The Phantom Menace Mandalorian) and voice (Star Wars Visions The Bad Batch
Many of the actors’ acting experiences stemmed from their childhood theater experience. Wood shared, “I was doing a bunch of theatre as a kid.” For Baker, “I started way back in the Shire … wrong universe. As a child, I was involved in acting, including standup and improv. I didn’t think voice acting would be a career for me, at least not in Colorado where I grew up. The winds took me to Orlando where I spent four and a half years at Disney doing improv.”
Baker values improvisational flexibility and preparedness.Bad Batch bantering. “I don’t like to prepare. It’s not my thing to prepare. Get readyIt is important to. To collaborate you have to be open to the improvisation quality, on-the-spot collaboration.”
For more information, see Bad Batch Which is then set? Clone Wars and focuses on a group of experimental mutated clones, Clone Force 99 are not like the “regs” clones. Baker, who voices all five brothers, recounted, “They talked about having separate different voice actors for them. But in the end, it made sense to have them come from the same DNA performer.” The show’s creator Dave Filoni liked the personality Baker was providing for each distinctive Bad Batcher, from the menacing Crosshair to the bombastic Wrecker.
Show director Filoni gave Wood leeway to play as well. In Clone WarsWood can post-production improvise jokes. This is useful for working with droids who have no moving lips. There are no worries about matching lip flaps.
Wood’s voice work for Lucasfilm was enabled not by acting but his tech work. Wood explained, to the laughter of the room, “I got a job at Lucasfilm when I was a teenager to test video games for George Lucas.”
It was his faxing a job posting to technicians that got him into the Skywalker story. “I rolled a dice and sent [my resume through]Fax. I did my resume in Mac Paint.” Later, the phone rang. His father answered. Someone on the other end said, “Yeah, somebody sent a fax. This has been a topic of conversation in the office. Never received a facsimile before. Do you want to come in for an interview?”
When he gave additional details that were not indicated on his resume, Wood claimed he said, “In excellent health, living with parents.” He got the job.
But Wood’s path forward was nearly halted due to anxieties over car tires and traffic. When you test The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles TV show, Wood said that George Lucas apparently asked, “Hey, go get one of those kids from the technician division?” So Wood was selected for an interview for assistant sound editor on the show.
He recalled a coworker telling him, “‘You don’t want it. [The job is] like nine or ten miles from the freeway on a very winding road and you’re gonna go through so many sets of tires.’ And I thought, I can’t afford tires. But as soon as I was in the interview, I was like, of course I want this job!”
For both actors, voiceover in animation remained a viable profession during the COVID-19 pandemic, since it didn’t demand an in-person appearance. “The technology was there,” said Baker, who built a home studio. Wood contributed to the Marvel favourites, which were recently released. Wandavision And LokiYou can do it from your own home. To learn more. Mandalorian, Wood noted, “[Showrunner] Jon Favreau was quick to get us all home and make sure we were safe.” Wood said he’d be good with at-home work sticking around post-pandemic. “If I have artists that want to stay home. That’s 100% fine by me.”
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