Superpretzel-Wasabi

Job #2886

Job Posting Details

Job # 2886 Superpretzel-Wasabi

Posted Date
Feb 5, 2007 @ 19:39
Respond By
Feb 6, 2007
Word Count
0
Budget
$250
Language
English
Gender
Male
Age Range
-
Category
Cartoons

Job Description

This project was posted last week. Our client would like to hear more reads on all the characters posted again. All are welcome to re-submit, but we would prefer new reads and multiple takes would be appreciated.

About Us:

Blissium Motion Graphics is a full service motion design studio. We offer a wide variety of services, and we have the capability to meet and project needs, creatively and technologically.

We have 26 web videos that we are producing. Sample lines and character descriptions have been included here but the full script is in pdf. We are working on a tight deadline so we need audition reads as soon as possible. One person can read more than one character if they are capable. This project is for web-only, non-broadcast.

A NOTE ON THE VOICES: Some are almost normal speaking voices. Some are over the top, but mostly, the voices are just quirky enough to be engaging and funny. The voices never get in the way of the character or the script. Lastly, if you didn’t see the cartoon, if you could only hear the voices, you would still be able to follow the story. Because the voices are the characters. The very sound of the voice should make us laugh.

The campaign as a whole is designed to look like a very low-budget affair. The pretzels are real, not animated. They move a little stiffly. We’ve found that this sort of authenticity resonates very well with our target audience of 13-17 year olds (mostly male). Giving them the expected ceases to entertain and engage them. On the contrary, to do the expected, even with voice characterizations, is to sell to them.

That said, the characters should be broad and a little over the top to start with. Use pop culture as a guide and go from there.

WASABI:

Character: Wasabi grew up farming the great wasabi fields of Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Believes in the Wasabi Way which says that all snacks should be treated equally and should get a long no matter what they are dipped in (even if it isn’t wasabi). The moral center of this universe we are creating.

Voice: Calm, Zen-like. Bruce Lee’s natural speaking voice is a good reference point. Strong. Confident. Somewhat disdainful of those who practice violence (as SuperPretzelers do) to get their point across.

WEB VIDEO XIII: Web Video XIII is called The Wasabi Way and is the introduction of Wasabi. He is soft spoken and does not even appear at the beginning of the video. Japanese music under throughout. The video is essentially a photo montage. Open on a shot of Mt. Fuji:

WASABI: I grew up farming the great wasabi fields of Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

Cut to a shot of a farm in Japan:

It is hard work when you are a pretzel and have no arms or legs.

Cut to a shot of wasabi peas.

Other snacks laughed. They called me Salty McSaltface. They said wasabi was not for poor pretzels like me.

Cut to a shot of sushi:

I wanted to drown them, slowly, in soy sauce. But this, my father said, was not the Wasabi Way.

Cut to a shot of a village in the rain:

I left my village to teach the Wasabi Way. That all snacks and all pretzels can get along in peace.

Cut to a shot of any sort of SuperPretzeling match:

Even if they are quite foolish and in great need of being cooked in a microwave until they are weeping and shriveled and cry out for mustard.

Cut to a shot of Wasabi against the same background:

I must teach them love. For I am, Wasabi.

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