Hi, I’m Olaf and I like warm hugs. My Disney Voiceover Experience.

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  Meet Gabrial Guy.  He has a really cool job.  This is where it all happens.  In this little room, Gabe captures the voices of amazing actors and actresses like Kristen BellIdina MenzelJonathan Groff, and Josh Gad. And behind that glass, is where those actors and actresses stand to do their lines over and over again. It really is intriguing to stand it that room and see exactly how the behind the scenes of voice overs are actually done.  
 
I will be completely honest with you about my Disney Voiceover experience..  When I got the itinerary for the trip and found out that we were doing voice overs, this was the thing that I was most terrified about doing!  I was nervous from the moment I found out, up until the moment that I found out that we would be going alphabetically in our group.  Having the last name “Au”, I got to be first.  I was SO nervous because not only was I trying something new, but I didn’t get to watch anyone first to get a better idea of the process.
Its funny how these things work, though.  The moment I got into the room, put on my headphones and started I had a blast.  My fears went away.  Probably because I was so focused on making sure I was following the on screen hints to help me say the words when I was supposed to.  It went really fast, and I was bummed when I was finished! The scene that we did was when Olaf is meeting Anna, Kristoff and Sven for the first time.  I was the voice of Olaf. 
I laughed when I saw the photos of me, because I was fully into the whole experience.  Hand motions and all. Haha. 
So what is it like to do Voice Over?  I couldn’t imagine doing it for a job.  It is NOT easy.  You have to be on your toes, paying attention and it goes fast.  I followed along what I felt like was perfectly, and got to the end of my scene and was talking longer than Olaf’s mouth was moving.  
Photo Credit: Suburbancouponmom.com 
 

When I went into the room where I was being recording, I had my headphones on, so I could hear the other lines. I could also communicate with Gabe Guy so he could give me the directions I needed. We watched the scene on the screen shown above. The screen also showed a 3-2-1 count down so we knew when we were to start our lines. We had the choice of doing the scene featured above, or doing part of Olaf’s Summer song. Haha. I chose the speaking lines because I can’t carry a tune. 🙂

One nice thing about going first, I got to relax and really enjoy watching everyone after me.  
Cool Fact that I mentioned from my Exclusive Interview with the Filmmakers of Disney’s Frozen.  I assumed that when they recorded the voice overs that everyone from the scene is in the room recording at the same time.  But this is not the case.  We learned from my interview that, “We were never able to get Kristoff and Anna together and in that scene when they are in the sled and they are going back and forth at each other, we did something different where she would improv and just throw stuff out there and then he heard her responses and was jumping back at it. We had never done that before where they were listening to their voice but we wanted that banter to be like it was really happening. That was so hard because the literally had to go at each other but were never together.”  
 
I had to do a voice over by myself and it was hard, I can’t imagine voicing entire scenes without the other actors in the scene. This experience has shown me not only how incredible the whole process is, but how very talented the actors and actresses are. This was truly an amazing once in a life time experience and I had so much fun! Here I am as Olaf:
Thank you Disney for this incredible opportunity.  Disney provided me with the most incredible trip to Los Angeles for a behind the scenes experience with Frozen.  All opinions are my own.

68 Comments

  1. I love Olaf! Can't wait to hear how the voice over came out, this is such a great once in a lifetime opportunity.

  2. What a neat experience! It's almost like you're famous! We've yet to see Frozen, so that's definitely on our must-watch soon list.

  3. That must have been fascinating! I cannot wait to see this.

  4. What fun to have a recording of yourself of Olaf . I adore him. And that is so interesting about the seen with Anna and Kristoff.

  5. That had to be so much fun! I can't imagine voicing entire scenes without any other actors.

  6. Very cool experience. I had no idea the actors weren't together when they recorded!

  7. How awesome! I think that is an incredible experience.

  8. What a fun opportunity!! I love it, that would be such a fun once in a lifetime opportunity!!

  9. It sounds like so much fun! Kudos for going first!

  10. So great Melissa! I love these pics! I am so glad that you were able to take this amazing trip! It would be so fun to do a voice over! Love it!

  11. What an incredible experience!! I would have been shaking with nerves! 🙂

  12. So awesome!! I wish I could've done that. We love the movie, watched it tonight actually.

  13. This sounds like such a fun experience! I just now got around to watching Frozen, and Olaf was my favorite character.

  14. I haven't seen Frozen yet but I've heard so many great things about it! Now when I see it, I'm going to think of you and the other bloggers doing the voices!

  15. I would have been nervous too! It seems like it would be next to impossible to talk perfectly to match a character! Sounds like a cool experience.

  16. Fun! My kids love Olaf and everything Frozen related for that matter!

  17. What a fun experience!! I would have been very nervous as well.

  18. what a great experience, cannot wait for this movie to come out on DVD!

  19. What a super cool experience!!! That must have been a blast and truly priceless. I would have been a wreck, too!

  20. This had to be such a neat experience! I've always been super intrigued by animations and voiceovers.. SO much work goes into such a cute little image.

  21. Sounds like fun! And we loved Frozen! I also would have thought that the actors were in a room together for this.

  22. What an amazing experience. I wish I could do this, seriously, I'd have a blast. 😀

  23. That is so cool that you had an opportunity to try to do it! Talk about a once in a lifetime bucket list moment!

  24. I would have been SO nervous too. Just really cool that they set you all up with stuff like this…..what fun memories!

  25. I haven't seen this yet. And omg how cool. Would love to do something like that!

  26. omg what fun!! This is definitely a once in a lifetime experience!

  27. What a unique experience – that had to be so interesting to see!

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