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VO4TA: Motion

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Newton’s First Law: An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.

HPK’s Corollary is Rule No. 34: Motion behind the mic is valuable, important and preferred - but it must never interfere with the recording.

Of course long form is an exception. (Audiobook. Long narration.) But animation? Of course. (Obviously.) Promos? Sure. And commercials? Yes!  

Point to make a point. Gesture left and right to compare and contrast. Posture and carriage affect the sound you are making but also the story you are telling as well as the character you inhabit while telling that story.   

But all the motions you make cannot take you off the mic. And the only way you know for sure you are on mic is to wear headphones. It’s a tremendous synthesis of activity. Listening, acting, adjusting all the while monitoring the medium you are working in.

Not easy.


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