Method: A Voice Actor Prepares

Method: A Voice Actor Prepares is a quirky comedic short set at a recording studio, starring a thespian who takes his craft VERY seriously. Featuring some of the biggest names in animation, this live action film is a lighthearted behind the scenes look at show business.

  • Jessica Renslow
    Everywhere & Nowhere, Access 4 All, After Limberlost, Naruto, Bleach, Eyeshield 21, Lio & Stitch, Afro Samurai...
  • Jessica Renslow
    Everywhere & Nowhere, Access 4 All, After Limberlost, Naruto, Bleach, Eyeshield 21, Lio & Stitch, Afro Samurai...
  • Jessica Renslow
    Everywhere & Nowhere, Access 4 All, After Limberlost, Naruto, Bleach, Eyeshield 21, Lio & Stitch, Afro Samurai...
  • Lindsey K Myers
    Everywhere & Nowhere
  • Ben Diskin
    Key Cast
    "The Voice Actor"
    Muppet Babies (TV Series short), He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (TV Series), Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (TV Series), Naruto, Kindergarten Cop....
  • Tricia Pierce
    Key Cast
    Bleach (TV Series), Everywhere & Nowhere, Blue Dragon: Trials of the Seven Shadows (TV Series),Starship Goldfish (TV Series)
  • Yuri Lowenthal
    Key Cast
    Spider-Man 2 (Video Game), He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (TV Series), Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (TV Series)...
  • Maile Flanagan
    Key Cast
    "Voice Actor"
    Lab Rats, Shameless, Naruto, Harriet the Spy (TV Series short) , Modern Family...
  • Patrick Seitz
    Key Cast
    "Voice Producer"
    Halo Infinite (Video Game), Star Wars: Visions (TV Series), Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge...
  • Erin Fitzgerald
    Key Cast
    "Client "
    Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (TV Series), Ask the StoryBots (TV Series), World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth (Video Game), Boruto: Naruto Next Generations (TV Series), Naruto...
  • Wendee Lee
    Key Cast
    "Voice Director"
    Sailor Moon Eternal, Stand by Me Doraemon 2, Lego Friends (TV Series), Power Rangers, Naruto, Bleach...
  • Ricky Moore
    Key Cast
    "Audio Engineer"
    Desert Fox, Everywhere & Nowhere, Insomnia Manica...
  • Amanda Chism
    Key Cast
    "The Voice Actress"
    Texas Live Show (TV Series), Everywhere and Nowhere,1000 Ways to Die (TV Series documentary)...
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    12 minutes 11 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 21, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - Jessica Renslow

A native of Gary Indiana, Jessica Renslow received a 2002 David Letterman Award for her original screenplay, "Stained Glass Graffiti." After graduating from Ball State University in 2003, with a BA in Japanese language/ culture and telecommunications production, she was chosen as a member of the Japanese Exchange Teaching Program where she stayed till 2006. From 2006-2015 she worked a variety of production gigs (everything from a human wrangler on The Price is Right to an anime translator). 2010 marked the worldwide premiere of her directorial debut at the Women in Arts Festival (Los Angeles). After passing the CTEL test she decided to pursue her MA in Education from California State University. Her graduate studies centered on instructional design, technology and leadership. She translated and adapted a feature length script entitled, "Spectacled Tiger." It placed first at the 2013 Sundance International Filmmaker Awards. Her work is an intersection of documentary filmmaking, narrative stories and multimedia translating.

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Director Statement

The concept of "Method: A voice Actor Prepares" came to me while working as a production coordinator/ Japanese translator in a sound studio specializing in original animation, video games and Japanese-English dubbing. So much of film and acting is about the art of a project and can get very serious at times. Even working in animation, which tends to be seen as lighthearted, there are very high stakes and a lot of moving parts to get a project to premiere. In all the hustle and bustle of my day job I began to think of all the dedicated voice actors I worked with who were professionals with a ton of classical theater training. Many of them starred on Broadway, or in national shows that toured. They also tended to be the character actors who the general population could recognize from a guest role on “Law and Order”, but never know the name to match the face. Most voice actors that specialize in dubbing, usually get very little recognition for their work from the film/TV industry. (You wouldn’t believe all the people who have gotten their starts playing Pokemon.) So, this idea started to form in my mind for a comedic short that showcased some of the best voice actors working in anime, while also poking fun at how seriously the entertainment industry can take itself. On any given day a voice actor can play a dragon, a sex pot and a little boy, sometimes all in the same show! So, what would it look like if one of these dedicated thespians was also a method actor? Then the brilliant Ben Diskin came into my life. He was cast in several series simultaneously and I couldn’t help but notice that he also looked like a character he played on a very popular anime. I realized that I had found my star! Luckily Ben is a great sport. He has been working in show biz his entire life. A child of the 80s, like myself, he had a very different life path than me. While I was growing up in Gary, Indiana, he was starring in some of my favorite classics such as “Kindergarten Cop” and “The Wonder Years.” Like many child actors, Ben switched to voice acting as an adult. He also happens to be a black belt in karate. So, with a little coaxing I talked him into wearing some very silly costumes and coming back to on-camera work. With my lead in place, it was easy to get the rest of the cast to join in on the fun. Our cast stars some of the most popular and prolific names in animation. Since initially shooting this film, they have gone on to win Emmys and make waves on the small screen. We finished shooting the film in 2010, but only completed the post-production this January (2022). Everything technical and personal that could complicate getting a project to completion happened to me in the last decade; job changes, the death of my mentor, across the country moves, computer crashes (twice), having a late in life surprise bundle of joy, and an international pandemic. That was just my decade my production partner/ editor had quite the wild ride as well! Through it all, our Almost Fairytales crew, who were all volunteers on this project, managed to finally complete everything and are very happy to bring our film baby to the festival circuit. It has been a labor of love and we hope that it tickles your funny bone. There are a lot of meta moments in it for the true animation fan. It is also chalked full of fun slapstick and an extra dose of silliness. "Method: A voice Actor Prepares" is a comedic short for anyone who enjoys workplace comedies with a streak of romance and a healthy dose of the ridiculous.