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I call this meeting to order
dirtydirtychai wrote in deadislepodfic
Hi all! I, uh, don't really know what to say here other than welcome and I'm super excited to see this amount of interest in the project. :D  Between this, DW, and Facebook, we've got about 40 people (and their children and boyfriends lol) signed up so far. 

There are a couple of things I need to go over with you guys. First off, please note that I am not terribly familiar with using the LJ or DW community system, so if I'm doing things inefficiently or incorrectly, please please please let me know. 

Now, to business: 

1) Casting
I am really pleased that we've got enough people onboard that a full cast version is even possible, but of course, now there's the issue of deciding who gets what role. I don't want to do something like make the casting calls myself - that defeats the purpose of this being a cafe love child in the first place - though I guess I will if I have to. 

So what do you guys think of posting audio clip "auditions" and having the cafe vote on it over on Sam's blog? Obviously, there are lots of people who love the books and have their own headcanons and headvoices for the characters that don't want to participate in the actual podficcing part, but this is a small way for everyone to have their little bit of input.  

(And I do think we're very mature and would behave in good taste, but the last thing a big collab project like this needs is - while I trust that it wouldn't escalate to the level of wank - mixed feelings about participation. All easily avoidable with a public poll.)


2) Admin/Mods
A few people mentioned that they'd be willing to help with the organazational side of things, and if you're still up for it, I could really use your help! Once things get underway, it would be nice to divvy up duties between people, or even just have someone to monitor for additional volunteers in comments that I may miss. One big thing that I could use help with is...

3) The Character List
When the book comes out on the 1st, I will be going through the PDF and compiling a list of characters and their accents. Once we know how many charcters there are and what accents we need, then we can get an idea of how to divvy up the speaking parts. This is, as you can imagine, not a small task. 

I've already started compiling a list of characters (which will probably change a bit with the published copy) and their corresponding accents. Many aren't really specified but we can guess (Nigel on the ship, for instance), and others are really specific (Purva, who starts out with a French accent but picks up Australian very easily). 

I know lots of us are going to be rereading The Dead Isle when it is released on the 1st. If you would be willing to take note of the characters with dialogue and help me with the character list, please comment below. If we get multiple people, we can separate it up into chapter groups. The more, the merrier! 

4) The Crew List
I've made up a chart of our volunteers and what you volunteered for, what accents you can do, etc., based on the comments you left. Please go check and see that I read your comments correctly! Some of you said things like "I can do accents" which I took to mean all accents and marked x's all across the board. Some of you mentioned narration specifically, so I didn't put you down for reading a character - which might not be what you meant. So please, go check and make corrections! Add categories or accents as needed. People who specified being male are marked in blue. 

Also, some of you commented only on Facebook, as far as I can tell, and I am unaware of any other username by which to address you. If you prefer to go by your LJ/DW handle and don't want your name listed, please change it accordingly. 

When you make changes to the document, be very careful that you're not marking x's on someone else's row and be sure to save it. 

Project Crew:

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All persons willing to help with the character list, please reply to this comment.

I'm more than happy to re-read the book for character lists. I was going to be reading it more than once after tomorrow.

Excellent work with the organising so far.

I could help! I haven't actually read all of the book yet (was waiting for it to be finished and then got busy), so I'm going to be re-reading it soon anyway.

I am also willing to help a bit with admin/mod stuff if you need it. I am going to be at college again in a few days, but I'm online a bit nearly every day and am willing to pick up spare tasks that need done.

This is Christie Cleek from fb (although that's actually a handle, too), dusting off my lurker lj account. I can definitely help with the taking note of characters with dialogue, with a chapter group or double-checking across the board.
(also, I edited my name in the gdoc as able to help with characters -- I'm US, Midwestern; I have theater training, so my basic accent is pretty nonspecific/"educated", but I've lived in Louisville, rural Iowa, Chicago, and Minnesota. I'll cross-post this part of the comment to the first post if that might be more helpful for future reference?)

My question re: casting is one of material. Are you expecting the "audition" material to be culled from the book, or separate entirely? Should potential voice-actors be expecting to read the same passage as one another (whether from the book or not), or to be performing something independently?

I dunno! I was hoping we could kind of come to a consensus on the matter here. What do you think?

My vote would be something *not* from the book, but standardized across all auditionees. I say that in part cause I haven't *read* the book, but also cause it won't color the auditioners who use a particular character's selection.

Perhaps something from a different work of Sam's, to maintain the general style of the prose?

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All good points... kevin_hy, what about non-spoilery (at least, as much as possible) selections from the book? And have everyone read the same passage(s)?

I think maybe, if we decide to go this route, I will set up a post where people can sign up for the characters they're interested in doing, and then we'll go from there auditioning the ones that have multiple reader candidates. Or would people be put off by declaring it publicly like that? You know, like if they saw that someone had already signed up, then they wouldn't sign up or something.

Hi Chai--

Jumping in here to say that we can do pretty sophisticated anonymous polling on the DW version of this comm, and I can temporarily host any audio clips people send to us via email on lib.syn (I've still got some 250 mb free this month, heh). I'd recommend doing one poll per main character to be cast, and labeling the clips something along the lines of performer 1, performer 2, etc.; if people do ~30 sec or so performances of the same few lines that offer opportunity to demonstrate what's characteristic about a particular accent/character, we can use a gdoc spreadsheet to keep track of who's who when relabeling the clips and it should all be fairly standardized.


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Well, iirc, the only Scottish accent we will need is for Arthur Conan-Doyle. :P

I'm afraid I've rather distended my section of the table. :D

Just hoping I don't get a cold & ruin it at this point.

I assume that for the 'multiple accents' folk, you'll be wanting a demo for each accent-type?

Haha, when I first saw this message this morning when I woke up, my sleep addled brain was picturing like a kitchen table, and I was sooo confused, you don't even know. It took a ridiculous minute or two or rereading before I figured out what you were talking about. XD

As for the demos, the accent will only matter if you're trying out for something with that accent, yeah? For instance, IIRC, the only Scottish accent is really ACD's, so we only really need a male Scottish accent. Though of course, people can audition for as many roles as they think they can handle.

This is what you get when you don't have your caff before checking your inbox.

I love the idea of doing auditions and putting it to a vote.

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