June 11, 2008
News for Anime Expo 2008:
Anime Expo and Bang Zoom! Entertainment present Voice Acting 101 classesLearn to Voice Act at Anime Expo 2008 with Bang Zoom! Entertainment
Los Angeles, California (June 11, 2008) --This year, Anime Expo® has teamed with Bang Zoom!® Entertainment to offer free voice acting workshops at Anime Expo® 2008. In celebration of Bang Zoom!® Entertainment's new DVD release of ADVENTURES IN VOICE ACTING-Volume One; there are scheduled one hour free classes that will give participants a taste of voice acting with insiders' tips, general discussions and chances to dub with a professional audio engineer. Anime Expo® 2008 will be held from July 3-6, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. More information can be found on the website www.anime-expo.org.
Participants will gain insights into practical dubbing techniques; be able to interact with accomplished figures in the industry and have the opportunity to ask questions within an intimate setting. Several attendees who register early may even be able to perform live! The workshops will be held throughout all four days of the convention with limited spaces available for attendees. To pre-register and obtain more information, please go to Bang Zoom!® Entertainment's Exhibit Hall booth (#811) at this year's Anime Expo® 2008. The Adventures in Voice Acting DVD, exclusively available for purchase at the Bang Zoom® booth, is the perfect companion for aspiring voice actors who are interested in these workshops. The Adventures in Voice Acting DVD is an episodic view into the world of voice artistry. Aspiring voice actors and enthusiasts interested in voice acting get advice and perspective from pros such as Tom Kenny (Sponge Bob Square Pants), Michelle Rodriguez (Lost), Lance Henricksen (Aliens), Wendee Lee, Steve Blum and many more. Never before documented, professional voice artists share personal stories, struggles, successes and practical tips on what it takes to make it in this competitive business.
The full list of official Anime Expo® 2008 Guests of Honor include up and coming director Masahiro Ando, legendary American voice actor David Hayter, famed POKEMON director Masamitsu Hidaka, the dynamic duo known as Jyukai, renowned animator Hiromi Kato, celebrated veteran voice actor Toshihiko Seki, the new Japanese "It-Girl" Shokotan and the legendary character designer Takada Akemi.
Attendees that have pre-registered can also update their information and add on orders for main event tickets via the Anime Expo® 2008 Online Registration Area at www.anime-expo.org.
Free shuttle services for all hotel attendees will be provided. Regular non-hotel attendees will have access to utilize the free shuttle services during designated hours as well. All schedules and routes will be posted in the lobby of each shuttle hotel. Frequency of service is pending local traffic, road conditions and can change without notice. Also, no shuttle service provided to the Holiday Inn City Center and the Figueroa Hotel (both are within walking distance of the Los Angeles Convention Center).
Attendees, Press and Industry Members are also encouraged to view the video coverage site of the 2007 convention at www.AXBackstage.org.
This year's Red & Black Sponsors are FUNimation and ImaginAsian Television. Platinum Sponsor is Imagi Studios. Gold Sponsor is Digital Manga Publishing. Silver Sponsor is Gaia Online. Patron Sponsors are Central Park Media and COPIC Markers.
About Anime Expo®
Located in Los Angeles, California - Anime Expo®, the nation's largest anime/manga convention, serves to foster trade, commerce and the interests of the general public and animation/ comics industry. This event serves as a key meeting place for the general public to express their interest and explore various aspects of anime/manga, as well as for members of the industry to conduct business. AX 2008 will be held July 3 - July 6, 2008 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Southern California. More information can be found at its website (www.anime-expo.org).
About Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to popularize and educate the American public about anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate communication between professionals and fans. This organization is more popularly known by its entertainment property - Anime Expo®. More information can be found at its website (www.spja.org).
About Bang Zoom!® Entertainment
Headquartered in Burbank, California, Bang Zoom! Entertainment, Inc. is a leading full-service audio post production studio for feature films, television, interactive gaming, and anime and direct to home entertainment content. Founded in 1993, the company offers a range of specialized services including a critically acclaimed staff of recognized voice talent, ADR/Foley recording, sound design, and 2.0, 5.1 and 7.1 Dolby Digital and Pro Logic II mixing and encoding. Bang Zoom!® Entertainment is also committed to developing a range of independent projects that contribute to the promotion of innovative cultural awareness internationally.
About Adventures in Voice Acting® - The Anime Expo® Voice Acting Workshop Series
Adventures in Voice Acting®: The Anime Expo® Voice Acting Workshop Series, is an opportunity for attendees interested in the Voice Acting profession to get first hand advice and experience from the pros in an intimate, yet dynamic and exciting setting. Learn directly from some of the best voice actors and directors in the world. This one-hour class will cover practical dubbing techniques, as well as important issues such as studio protocol and what to expect at your first audition. You'll also get some inside information on how to break in, and what the industry is really like. Not only will you be able to ask questions in a very intimate environment, some attendees will also have an opportunity to try their hand at dubbing with a professional audio engineer present. This truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity for fans and aspiring voice actors to learn from first hand and interact with some of the most accomplished members of the industry.
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