Sat, Mar 19|
Online via ZOOM
Creating Characters for Animation
with Bob Bergen
TIME & LOCATION
Mar 19, 2022, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM PDT
Online via ZOOM, Streaming via Irvine, CA Studio
This March, we welcome back Bob Bergen for the second round of Character Creation in Animation!
Join Bob as he takes you through his techniques of how to create, sustain and remember original characters. It’s not about voices. It’s about character. All characters have a voice. But not all voices have character. The script is a skeleton. The actor’s job is to give it a body. Creating interesting characters is about making specific choices, intent, and above all, acting.
Three-time Emmy nominated actor Bob Bergen announced to his parents when he was five he wanted to be Porky Pig. His mother replied, "You can't be Porky Pig. You're Jewish." Despite this, he was determined. At fourteen he phoned Mel Blanc after researching a dozen or so phone books, crashed a recording session pretending to be Blanc's assistant, and watched him in action. Realizing he needed training, and for his voice to change, he began studying voice-over with every vo coach LA had to offer. Combined with two years at a Meisner acting conservatory and three years of improv study with The Groundlings, he was able to secure an agent at eighteen and pursue his dream, while tour guiding at Universal Studios allowed him to eat. He's performed in all aspects of on-camera television: from sitcoms to soaps to game shows - hosting Jep!, the kids' version of Jeopardy! for GSN. His voice is heard in thousands of commercials, promos, games, animated series and specials. He's voiced dozens of animated features, including Minions, Sing, Despicable Me 3, Wreck-it Ralph, The Secret Life of Pets, Trolls, Tangled, Tinker Bell, Spirited Away, Cars, A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., Iron Giant, The Emperor's New Groove, WALL-E, Toy Story 2 & 3, and Up. For 20 years he's voiced Luke Skywalker in dozens of games as well as three Robot Chicken: Star Wars specials. Series work includes Ridley Jones, Blaze, and the Monster Machines, Star Wars Resistance, Marvel's Avengers Assemble, Dallas & Robo, Clarence, Vampirina, Mr. Pickles, TripTank, and Curious George. 2021 marks his 31st year voicing Porky Pig. He currently stars as Porky in over 200 new Looney Tunes Cartoons shorts on HBOMax.
Get one-on-one direction on your read from Bob! We'll meet via Zoom on SATURDAY, March 19th, from 11 am - 2 pm PT!! Reserve your seat today!
***Please note that you will receive all pertinent info, Zoom Room Link, and scripts one day prior to the event. We're looking forward to having you at the workout! Participation does not guarantee representation or work.
PLEASE NOTE: This special event workout will NOT be recorded or offered as a replay. Therefore, anyone who purchases a ticket must attend live. No refunds or credits will be given for no-shows and no refunds will be offered for this workshop.
Full Participation Access
Full participation REMOTE via Zoom - Students who purchase participant access will perform scripts live and receive ONE ON ONE FEEDBACK AND DIRECTION from our guest director. You will be provided with a link to our Zoom conference room 1 days prior to the event. Our Zoom Room will be open approx. 15 min prior to class start to allow ample time to set up your connection prior to the event. For help with Zoom, please visit: https://support.zoom.us/
AUDIT ACCESS: Students who purchase Audit Access will have access to all course material as well as the opportunity to participate in a Q & A with the guest director. Auditing students will NOT perform scripts or receive performance critiques from guest directors. You will be provided with a link to our Zoom conference room 1 days prior to the event. Our Zoom Room will be open approx. 15 min prior to class start to allow ample time to set up your connection prior to the event.