The first audio promotional teaser for The Cycle of the Six Moons: The Last Winter Moon! With Kyle Land as Isel Mingon, Steven Kelly as Jayse, and Elissa Park as Dreana.
One of the first lighthearted moments in The Last Winter Moon. Of course, it’s because Isel Mingon/Mr. Gum/Whatever-His-Name-Is makes a reappearance!
I picked out this scene specifically for Kyle to do. It was a scene I wanted to do since I held auditions for the character. The character has two distinct personalities, Isel Mingon–the flamboyantly happy Bubble salesman–and Mr. Gum, a cold, conniving businessman. (You’ll notice in this scene that Jayse still holds some resentment toward him for what Mr. Gum did to Michelle and Jayse in An Eclipsing Autumn.) And there’s also a serious-as-hell personality that you see here.
He and Dreana actually know what’s going on behind the scenes, but they’re keeping quiet for Michelle and Jayse so they won’t know how bad things really are.
Kyle was an absolute joy to work with on this scene 😀 I love his energy and interpretation of the lines.
Check out everyone’s links in the video description! 😀
Huzzah! The cover art for the last book in the Cycle of the Six Moons trilogy, The Last Winter Moon! Like with the first two books, the cover artist is Brandon Lacey, one of the conceptual artists for Fiona Frightening and the Wicked Wardrobe. Check out more of Brandon’s artwork here! blue-paint-sea.deviantart.com
It’s release day for An Eclipsing Autumn! Here’s something cute I put together for the occasion 😀 BASICALLY all the characters’ arcs in a nutshell, hehehee.
From March 21 to March 25, YA Bounds Book Tours is hosting a Book Blitz for The Cycle of the Six Moons: An Eclipsing Autumn! All the information that can be found on the participating blogs is below.
Well, if you’ve been following my blog, you’ll see that I’ve already posted the trailers individually X’D
But anyway! YA Bound Book Tours is hosting the trailer reveal for blogs! Check out that page here!
I also have them on a handy page here!
Here they are all together:
Saei and Cyal, Reincarnated – Blog Post
The Wolf’s Den – Blog Post
Blood Trophy – Blog Post
Champions Reunite – Blog Post
A Royal Plan – Blog Post
Or if you want to watch all the trailers in one handy-dandy playlist :3
The third audio promotional teaser for The Cycle of the Six Moons: An Eclipsing Autumn! With Kyle Land as Mr. Gum, Elissa Park as Dreana, John Archer as Gediyon, and Steven Kelly as Jayse.
I chose this scene ’cause I really wanted to do the part where Gediyon and Dreana “officially” meet 😉
I held auditions for Mr. Gum, and Kyle–who was the first to audition–was the one who nailed it. So, BAM! Role goes to him 😀 Since Mr. Gum only has one line in the book two promos (he’ll have more in book three’s promos), I asked Kyle to go ahead and just do the lines on his own without my directing. Actually, his third take was hilarious, but I felt it would be out of place if I included it because it was so over-the-top.
The other characters were already cast from book one’s promos. Fun times directing Elissa to act ridiculously seductive, John to act all sheepish with a few jokingly seductive takes himself, and Steven with just…two…very…small lines :’D
I also chose this scene because I thought Michelle’s reactions to Dreana hitting on Gediyon while they’re supposed to be in the final round of the tournament was hilarious. Michelle pretty much thinks Gediyon is a saint, and she thinks Dre is a slut, put ’em together, and Michelle gets overprotective like, “STAAAHHP.” Even Elissa was like, “Wow, girl, calm down.”
There was a fun bit when I was directing John to sound cut-off when he says “Lady Dre–” and I was laughing so hard that I just SCREAMED once he started the line, so we could get a proper cut-off kinda sound 😀 Fun times.
Check out their links in the video description! 😛
The fourth audio promo of The Starriest Summer, with Elissa Park as Dreana and River Kanoff as Wolf!
For this set of auditions, Dreana and Wolf were the two newbies that needed voices. Both of them were pretty difficult to cast.
Dreana was the only character for whom I had to hold callbacks, because the voices I heard were so good and it was difficult to determine who brought the best to the character! Each actress gave different nuances, and I had to ask for help to narrow down the one voice. Huzzah! In the end, I cast Elissa (also known as Adoxographist). A lot of the other voices I was considering sounded a bit too young, and though Dreana can be girlish and immature, I needed a more mature, cool, bossy voice to offset Michelle. I think she did a great job and I can’t wait to do more with her :3
Wolf–despite having the least lines of all the characters open for auditions–got the most auditions. Again, it was difficult narrowing him down, but with some help from my buddies, I avoided holding callbacks. (Also, maybe I really wanted an excuse to work with River.) Though Wolf can be super childish, I liked the texture in River’s voice. I wanted Wolf to have an Australian accent because he grew up in Tyrique, and I imagined them having a harsher accent because of how secluded they are from the rest of civilization.
I chose this scene because 1) I wanted to bring life to Dre and Wolf :P, and 2) I needed a scene that showed that it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows to Michelle. The people Michelle meets when she first comes to Starrs are super friendly and, for the most part, welcoming. I wanted to show the view of the other side of the world, away from the privileged Arriscyleans and all their desserts, tea, and frilly dresses.
Check out some of their stuff in the video description, and don’t forget to pick up your signed copy of The Starriest Summer! 😀
A month and a week later, and I’m done with all of the promotional shorts! I can’t wait for people to hear them. I love how they turned out 😀
The audition process was fun, but it was the casting process that became a bit of a challenge. One character was the easiest to cast–I knew right when I heard the audition that that was the voice I wanted. For another character, it came down to two voices, and so I sought help from my fellow voice acting friends to help me narrow it down between the two. The last character was the hardest, and I ended up holding callbacks for the character.
Surprisingly, I managed to schedule everyone’s directing sessions quickly–I guess that’s what I get when I’m working with professionals 😀 I had a blast directing everyone.
I had fun putting everyone’s voices together. It’s always most challenging to find music that fits the scene. I hope all the pieces I’ve found do their job at enhancing the scene without being too distracting.
All of the shorts will go on YouTube eventually, so I’ve made artwork to go along with them. I’ve already done the first two before, but I wanted to redraw them to fit the style of the rest. Here’s a sneak preview of them 🙂