When in doubt, ask.

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In truth, we're not entirely sure how to take this initiative, so we thought we'd ask you, our wonderful actors. (Assuming any of you are actually checking up on our blog as of yet.)

So what do you think? We'd like to hear. In fact, Aaron has said he'll hold his breathe until we get at least one comment back. Aaron is a young and promising pirate, please don't let him die unwittingly. He's already starting to turn bluish.

Now you really know who dunnit!

The voice featured in the spot blow belongs to the one and only, Jim Lawless. The ad itself in so many ways helped put Terry O'Reilly and his creative point of difference- radio from a writer's perspective -on the map back in the day.  The MindTrap spot is like a hundred years old (okay, 1994) , but that doesn't mean we love it any less. The writing is superlative, the production tight as a tick, and Jim's take on the words is pure gold. Literally. This spot didn't just sell a boat load of MindTrap games, it won more awards internationally, than we care to admit. People remember and still talk about this spot today,  but what people don't remember or tend to forget, is that pirate also produced an audio version of the popular game for the car ride home. You remember cassette tapes, right? Eight track? Okay, we're officially setting off  age alarm bells.

 

Yes a jingle is a wonderful thing!

Michael Dunston

Sometimes finding the perfect voice means finding the perfect voice that can also sing. Michael Dunston did just that and in the process helped us find our voice on a spot written by pirate for pirate. The goal? Get people to reconsider the all-too-often overlooked jingle. Unlike a lot of other people, we love a good jingle and with Michael singing its praises, we love it even more. 

SINGER:        Michael Dunston

MUSIC:          Ari Posner

Lyrics:           Tom Goudie

Cast:             Jessi P/Aaron S.

Producer:     Joanne Ueyema

White, white and outta sight!

Daveed Louza

This good looking gent is Daveed Louza-Our pick to be the voice of Humberview Commercial Trucks. We've written and produced about six of these bad boys with Daveed always at the wheel. The client and more importantly, the client's customers love the character that D so beautifully and consistently captures every time out. Thanks in no small part to him, the campaign has taken on a life of it's own. Need a truck? Boy are you in luck! Need a truck announcer? Thumbs up baby! 

Anncr:                 Daveed Louza

Director:              Goudie

Writer:                 ditto

Producer:              Joanne Ueyema

Casting:               Jessi P

Engineer:             Keith Ohman and Ian Boddy

 

 

A Grand time from Grand Falls

Anytime you get the opportunity to work with a legend like Gordon Pinsent is a good day. A very, very, very good day. Mr. Pinsent is the perfect gentleman, the consummate professional, and a wonderful storyteller. He also makes one heck of a poutine front man. Here's one of three spots we recorded on a day we'll not soon forget.

Gordon Pinsent-Announcer

Juniper Park/TBWA-Agency

Wendi Hamilton, Colleen Murphy-Producers

Barry Quinn, Neil Walker-Wells-Creative

Laura Slip,Jessica DeSantis-Account

Goudie-Director

Keith Ohman-Engineer

 

Nobody listens Rd. Two

On April 18th of last year, we did a post about a radio campaign we were in the process of completing to promote radio as a medium. The good news is this: 

1. The client actually ran the work. (Thank you, Fred Mathewson and Chris Ingram.)

2. They didn't change a word.

3 They didn't change a performance.

4. Everybody had a good time recording it. 

5. The first ad doubled inbound sales calls, so they did a second spot. This is it:

 Kudos and a special thanks to all involved:

Anncr:      Carolyn Scott

Anncr 2:   Al Catlin

Mel:         Angela Mairano

Jimmy:     Dave Sparrow

Phil:         Tom Goudie

Director:   Jeff Pustil

Casting:    Jessi P and Aaron S

Writer:     Goudie

Engineer:  Keith Ohman

Nobody listens to the radio anymore.

Admittedly, we're a tad slow on the blog post updates. I guess that's because we're either lazy, or we would prefer to wait until we have something we think you'll find useful or interesting to post before we post!

Today's entry features a  spot from an ongoing campaign written and recorded, here at pirate, to promote radio advertising.  

The spot features five, count 'em, five talent!! Unheard of in these days of limited budgets and mindless monologues, but there you have it.  A spot like this can really stick out. Apparently, it can also double your sales calls. Not too shabby! 

Happy wife, happy life. Happy client, more spots. 

So far, we've written/produced three spots in this growing campaign with the promise of more to come. We'll post more spots as we go. (It just might take a while.)

Now the most important part of today's post! Saying 'thank you' and giving credit where talent is due to our fabulous talent on the spot itself. Drumroll please:

Carolyn Scott-Announce

Carmen Melville-Stephen

Mariea Vacratsis-Carol

Phil Williams-Gary

Writer-Goudie

Director-Jeff Pustil

Talent-Jessi Petta and Aaron Streight

Engineer- Jared Kuemper

 

 

An open letter to the actors that makes us sound the way we do.

We posted this little note of appreciation on the door of our casting studio the other day.  A few of you thought we should post it here as well. So, that's what we've done. Pirate is taking a renewed interest in the talented actors that make our work all that it is and more. Feel free to check out this blog from time to time to catch up on some of the latest goings on and if you already do, invite one of your colleagues to do the same. We're all in this crazy game together. 

 Have a wonderful day. See you soon. 

Very good news for actors. Very bad news for demo tapes.

Don't let the picture fool you, Jeff Pustil brings more than camera-ready Grecian Formula box art to the table.  We're talking serious casting chops, people: Jeff has been casting and directing voice for over 20 years. He's worked for many production companies commercially and has cast and voice directed three animated series for Nelvana/Corus; Wayside School, Scaredy Squirrel, and currently Wishfart. His experience as a working actor in theatre, film, and television and voicing numerous commercials and animated characters over the last 35 years has contributed to his great, shorthand relationship with other actors. Trust is an integral ingredient in the relationship between an actor and director and Jeff prides himself in creating that bond with all the actors he works with. With talent like Jeff's behind the board, Pirate Voice is hoping to  breathe new life and energy into the all-important,  art of casting and voice talent.  Give an actor the opportunity to actually act and the work gets better. At Pirate Voice, we're officially on the look-out for new ways to let our wonderful acting community shine. Jeff is helping us do just that. 

Don't let the picture fool you, Jeff Pustil brings more than camera-ready Grecian Formula box art to the table.  We're talking serious casting chops, people:

Jeff has been casting and directing voice for over 20 years. He's worked for many production companies commercially and has cast and voice directed three animated series for Nelvana/Corus; Wayside School, Scaredy Squirrel, and currently Wishfart.

His experience as a working actor in theatre, film, and television and voicing numerous commercials and animated characters over the last 35 years has contributed to his great, shorthand relationship with other actors. Trust is an integral ingredient in the relationship between an actor and director and Jeff prides himself in creating that bond with all the actors he works with.

With talent like Jeff's behind the board, Pirate Voice is hoping to  breathe new life and energy into the all-important,  art of casting and voice talent.  Give an actor the opportunity to actually act and the work gets better. At Pirate Voice, we're officially on the look-out for new ways to let our wonderful acting community shine. Jeff is helping us do just that.