It has been a while since we blogged. It's time to return to our series about the cast of The Gift!
Virginia "Dulci" Maddy as Marie
What a journey it was to find Marie, the ghost of a muse and the woman who closes the door on Phil. We heard many versions of Marie through the audition process, and while many of them were very impressive, they were different from the Marie we had imagined. So in the end we went to the actor who we knew could play Marie from the beginning. We are very grateful Dulci accepted the role.
Ricky Grove as Keith Mandelbrot
Ricky Grove of Machinima Expo and Renderosity, also well known for his sound design work for Machinima (watch his sound design tutorial, and voice acting recording tips), is a professionally trained actor. We’d been long hoping to have an opportunity to work with Ricky. Listening to his delivery is a treat. We listen to it like we’d listen to an opera singer.
Lauren Weyland as Alex
Our favorite Second Life cross dresser, Lauren is something of a celebrity in the virtual world. He has a show called “Tuesday with Lauren.” His edgy and masculine voice fits Alex very well, and his characterization of Alex is perfect to a T. We thank Lauren to be part of The Gift. Lauren often does voice acting for machinima movies. You can hear him narrating at Chantal Harvey’s Joy of Music.
Holding auditions for your movie can be a daunting prospect for many reasons. It’s actually substantial work to publicize auditions and to sort through the responses. (The worst part is that you have to write "rejection" letters to somebody.) But auditions have been worth our while. We are very happy to have met Robert, Scarlotte, Kera, Edwyn, and Brandon through auditions.
Scarlotte has a very distinct clear voice that rings like a bell. See her Voice Actors' Alliance page.
One of most fun lines in The Gift belongs to the Larry the Parrot: “I love you Larry.” Kera, a film school student and machinima maker, also does quite a lot of voice work for other machinima directors. Visit her Vimeo page
Edwyn and Brandon played Phil’s co-worker who shouts “Surprise” at his office birthday party. Nice and generous guys, who are great to work with.
Paul Carr as Coffee Shop Customer
Paul is a well-known machinima director who creates fantastic pieces. We had him for a cameo role in The Gift—he plays the British gentleman who buys small coffee to go from the coffee shop (although what he really wanted was a large cappuccino.)
Visit his Vimeo site.