The Audio Theater Guide

Vocal Acting, Writing, Sound Effects and Directing for a Listening Audience


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About the Book

This is a comprehensive guide to audio performance—radio, voice-overs, commercials, live theater, cartoons and more. Topics include microphone acting; vocal effects; writing scripts; manipulating emotions through sound; valuable tips for the director; a long list of sound effects and how to do them; and a series of commercials, scenes and sketches for practicing one’s skills.

About the Author(s)

The late Robert L. Mott had a long career doing sound effects for films, cartoons, theater, commercials—and for radio (such as Gangbusters, Philip Morris Playhouse and Perry Mason), and television (including Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, The Tonight Show, Playhouse 90, Captain Kangaroo and Bob Hope). Twice nominated for Emmy awards for Days of Our Lives, he also wrote for Dick Van Dyke and Red Skelton. The Academy of Television Arts and Science selected him for their website honoring the legends of live television.

Bibliographic Details

Robert L. Mott
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 223
Bibliographic Info: 15 photos, glossary, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4483-0
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5699-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      iv

Preface      1

1. Voice Acting      3

2. Microphone Acting Techniques      17

3. Barkers, Burpers, and Screamers      33

4. Writing Tips for the Audio Theater      45

5. Picturing What You Write      63

6. Can Sounds Create Emotions?      74

7. The ABCs of Directing      84

8. Directing the Next Step Up      97

9. Comparing Audio Theater with Other Media      114

10. The Warm-Up      127

11. The Comedy Theater      131

12. Scenes, Comedy Sketches, Commercials and More      147

13. The Most Asked for SFX and How to Do Them      164

14. Creating the More Impossible Sounds      192

Glossary      203

Bibliography      212

Index      213

Book Reviews & Awards

“Mott’s excellent text is destined to be a classic handbook for radio/audio theater production”—Library Journal.