The Witcher 2 - Interview with Voice of Geralt - Doug Cockle @ RPGSite
RPGSite did an interview with Doug Cockle, the voice of Geralt in Witcher 1's and Witcher 2's English versions. They talk both about his background as well as the work he has done for CD Project RED on their games. For anyone who is interested in voice action or games, the interview is great read. Here's a snip about finding Geralt's voice:
RPGSite: How did you approach the task of understanding Geralt and finding his voice and is it the same approach you would take with a character on stage and screen.
Doug: No one had heard Geralt’s voice before so we had that freedom, but the effort to capture the voice of the character that Sapkowski draws so nicely in the books really required the help of people who knew the books well. I took a lot of clues from the script and the production team and infused Geralt with bits of my own personality. I suppose it is very much the same process as I use for stage and screen, but the whole process tends to happen more quickly, certainly more quickly than for stage where you often have at least several weeks to work on a character.
And here's a snip about general acting techniques and teaching acting:
RPGSite: Have you noticed any difference in the techniques and theories that are taught and practiced by tutors and actors in the United Kingdom and the United States?
Doug: Maybe twenty years ago there might have been more of a distinction between U.S. and U.K. training and techniques, but now there is so much crossover of actors, directors and teachers that there really isn’t too much difference.
RPGSite: What areas of study do you yourself focus on when teaching?
Doug: I focus on truthful behaviour mostly, but use whatever techniques or methods that seem appropriate for the students and what their individual needs are. My own training was Stanislavski based, but there was so much more to it than that. I could list dozens of practitioners and teachers who have influenced my own development as an actor. I do enjoy teaching the voice over classes though! This year the students kept asking me to do the “Witcher Voice”!
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