We talk with Linda Ballantyne, a Canadian voice actress perhaps best known to fans of cartoons and anime as the voice of Sailor Moon, from the latter half of that series run in 2000. Linda currently balances a full slate of voice work in the busy Toronto media scene with convention appearances alongside several of her former Sailor Moon cast-mates. We discuss how she was first hired as a voice match to replace the original english language actress on Sailor Moon, and how she evolved the character’s delivery to make it her own. She explains the challenges of providing voices for pre-existing animation, and why acting in translated works is far less lucrative for voice actors than original programming. We talk about life on the convention circuit, and the experience of meeting fans who have important emotional connections to Sailor Moon and her work.
Adron talks with screenwriter and award-winning comic creator Brandon Easton. Brandon was a staff writer on the second season of Marvel’s Agent Carter on ABC. He’s also written for animated TV shows Thundercats and Transformers: Rescue Bots. His biographical comic Andre The Giant: Closer To Heaven was a 2015 critical darling, and IDW Comics just released his Transformers: Deviations one-shot. IDW also recently announced that Brandon will be the writer on their upcoming M.A.S.K. series, rebooting the beloved Hasbro 1980s toy and cartoon franchise. We explore Brandon’s journey from school teacher to professional screenwriter, navigating the turbulent world of Hollywood staffing season, and working on life-long beloved properties.
In this episode, Andy Schmidt drops by again, this time to talk about writing for video games. Andy is the founder of Comics Experience, an online school that connects students with industry professionals to learn the craft of making comics. But beyond his vast experience in comics, he has also written for a number of video games – most notably, the recent hit Activision game, Transformers: Devastation.This April, Andy will be teaching a 5 week online course called Introduction to Writing for Video Games.
We talk with film, television and voice-over actor Cas Anvar. Cas has over 70 major film & TV credits, including this year’s indie darling “Room”. Gamers may recognize him as the voice of Altair from Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. Cas plays the role of pilot Alex Kamal is SyFy’s massively popular series The Expanse, based on the best-selling science fiction novel series by James S.A. Corey.
We talk with Mark Kolpack, the visual effects supervisor for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC. Mark shares the day to day process of working on SHIELD and the career path that led him to VFX.
Sarah Marino is a character designer and background painter at Nickelodeon Animation Studios, working on the upcoming cartoon series SHIMMER AND SHINE. She was previously at animation studio Reel FX, as a visual development artist working on the stunning animated feature film BOOK OF LIFE. We talk about Sarah’s education and artistic background, and how she transitioned from an early production coordinator gig into an artistic career.
We talk with professional costume designer and author Kristin M. Burke! Kristin just finished a two season run on the immensely popular Fox television series Sleepy Hollow. And though that show has exposed her work to a broad new television audience, she’s better known for a resume of over 50 films, including The Conjuring, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Insidious (1 & 2), Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2, Sex Drive, Crazy, Bring it On Again and many, many more.
We are super excited for this N4AL podcast, because we had the chance to talk to the co-creators of the new children’s book, Archibald’s Next Big Thing, including Emmy-Award winner TONY HALE! Archibald’s Next Big Thing is a collaborative effort with co-writer Tony Biaggne, with artists Misty Manley and Victor Huckabee. We caught up with the two Tonys and Victor before their signing at Happy Up Toys in Edwardsville, IL.
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