Bob Bergen Coming To The Big Apple (Then Hightailing It Out Of Here)

The world renowned voice talent and coach Bob Bergen, perhaps best known as the voice of Porky Pig, will be teaching what sounds like a pretty unique workshop this December in New York.  Any Yankees interested in training with the top animation coach in the country should jump on the chance now as he apparently wont be back for some time.  You can download all the info in pdf format HERE or just read the Cliffs Notes I have exhaustively prepared for you below.1

Bob Bergen’s doing his Advanced Animation Voiceover Workshop in NYC Sat. & Sun., Dec. 5th and 6th, 2009.  This will be Bob’s last time teaching in NYC for the next several years, as he’s been extremely busy with his work in LA, and he’s down several out of town workshops for the next few years.

In this workshop, Bob does a mock “audition and casting” of a cartoon the first day where, as in a real situation, you receive the script and audition copy about a week ahead of time.  On the first day (Saturday), you have the chance to audition for up to 15 different characters in the script.  Based on the auditions, Bob casts the show.  The next day (Sunday) is the recording session where you will be in the booth with sometimes 4 or more voice actors, and Bob directs you in the scenes from outside the booth.  You’ll be in and out of the booth as each scene is cast with multiple casts, giving everyone a chance to perform their characters.

Everyone will receive a copy of the final audio within 2 weeks after the class.  This is a HUGELY fun and eye-opening workshop, and very fast-moving, and an opportunity to know what it feels like to be in an actual cartoon series or animated film from beginning to end!!   For the workshop, you’ll need to have either taken Bob’s technique class, or have taken animation voiceover technique with another coach, OR be able to create and sustain original characters — If you have a  background in acting or improv, and feel comfortable to be able to create characters, that’s fine. Deposit with a non-refundable deposit of $150.00 by November 1, and take 10% off the workshop fee.  You can also audit the workshop for $100.00 per day.

So there you have it. I forced Lindsay to take his workshop last time he was here and, aside from some inappropriate touching, she said it was a fantastic experience.2 Bob’s appearance may also coincide with the Second Annual New York Voiceover Mixer (details coming soon) so if you were planning on attending that you may want to kill two birds with one stone or whatever it is you kids say nowadays.

He will be missed.

He will be missed.

1. Cut and Paste makes me sleepy.
2. She later admitted that she kind of liked the touching.

Billy West and Bob Bergen Are All Looney

Check out this great video I just found on Facebook with Bob and Billy talking about voicing Looney Tunes characters and recording a Christmas album.  Fun stuff: