Hi. I’m Dan.
I’m the Lip sync guy.
No-one will notice.
That’s my goal. To ensure that no-one notices my effort.
‘Our goal’ they said ‘ is that people stop thinking about the technology and feel immersed in the story’. Did anyone not notice the brilliant animation effects in Shrek? I don’t think so.
Did anyone notice the lip syncing?
Now, the purpose of these ‘how-to’ passages that John’s providing on the site is of course to explain, ‘how-to’ but there are a thousand tutorials about lip syncing online that are probably a lot better than anything I can put together.
The last statement isn’t true. Some phenomes are vital. Sounds like ‘rrr’ or ‘nnn’ are non-vital phenomes. You can generally skip them and you often will to space out your mouth shapes. Never miss an ‘F’ or a ‘P’. These are shapes that the audience will pick up on. Other shapes are ‘M’ and ‘B’.
Occasionally it would be one of the dreaded techno-babble statements. Now from what I gather John is very proud of the power of techno-babble. All well and good until you have to break the phrase ‘pathacenomic anti-cedant comadones’ into it’s 24 phenomes.
When we watched the pre-preview, each time techno babble came on I found I had to physically restrain myself from grabbing him by the 'ventricular, respiratory capuliter-orbital extension' and choking him to death.
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