New York, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/17/2014 -- When someone go to see a movie or watch a TV show at home, they watch and listen to their favorite actors. However, behind the stars a whole other world exists - the vocal atmosphere of the scenes around them.
When a film or TV show is shot, the background actors are not miked. The voices of these characters are added later in Post Production, after the film has finished shooting. This way they can be carefully cast and directed, to help set up the tone of each scene in the film. This process is run by a part of post production called - the loop group.
Over the past year, a new loop group company, THE LOOPING DIVISION, has been making it’s mark. So far this month they have had three major projects released: Liam Neeson’s NON-STOP, which has been topping the box office; FX’s premiere of the second season of THE AMERICANS (Starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys) and SUNDANCE TV’s new series THE RED ROAD (Starring Game of Thrones’ Jason Momoa and Martin Henderson.)
The Looping Division, located in New York City and Los Angeles, is run by husband and wife team Jason Harris and Peter Pamela Rose. Their job is to screen each project and piece together the perfect vocal cast to complement the action of the film or show.
All of the voice actors cast must be extremely comfortable with improvisation, vocally versatile, extremely directable, and often times proficient in numerous languages. In addition, they need to be well versed in many vocations and time periods. A cast may change drastically depending on the style, locale and time period of the project. But it’s most important to put together a voice cast that helps fully realize the Director’s overall vision. The Looping Division works closely with the production team in order to help bring the Director’s vision to life.
Another major part of the loop group process is finding the right actors to cover many different featured specifics that arise in each project. In the FX hit “The Americans”, that often means portraying newscasters that have the authoritative yet non embellished style of early 80’s newscasts. For “The Red Road”, football and motocross announcers were required for shots of televised sports. In “Non Stop” we hear two off-camera British Fighter Pilots that flank the hijacked plane and are key to the action.
Another specialty of The Looping Division is casting voice matches often needed for last minute edits before trial screenings. For “Non-Stop”, that meant finding dead-on impersonators for Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore and other featured actors. Both Harris and Rose are no strangers to voice matching themselves, having perfected the celebrity voices of: Matthew Broderick, James Gandolfini, Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, Naomi Watts and Michelle Dockery.
Jason Harris was the host of the hit Nickelodeon game show Double Dare 2000 and is now one of the country’s top voice actors and directors having voiced over 1000 commercials, movies, TV shows and animated projects. Peter Pamela Rose is a 20 year veteran in the entertainment industry having worked in virtually all aspects in the industry, not only as an actress but as a writer, director, producer and talent manager.
In addition to its successful first year, The Looping Division was part of the team that won the 2014 Motion Picture Sound Editors Award for Blue Sky/Fox’s “Epic” for Best Sound Editing: Dialogue & ADR in an Animated Film. In addition to this animated feature, The Looping Division has cast loop group for animated hits such as: Ice Age 4: Continental Drift (Starring Ray Romano) and the upcoming blockbuster RIO 2 (Starring Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg), due out in April.
ABOUT THE LOOPING DIVISION
Utilizing the perfect combination of talent, impeccable organization, highly skilled communication and passion for the job, The Looping Division provides exceptional casting for voices and ADR loop group for Film and Television Shows. TLD screens and attends spotting sessions, casts new and diverse voices to fit each specific project - including languages, vocations and time periods; directs ADR sessions at the desired level of involvement, and provides hassle free contract handling. Included with all work is access to our broadcast quality sound booths for last minute placeholders, added cues or script changes.
For more information on The Looping Division, please visit: www.TheLoopingDivision.com
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