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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by johnny k, Nov 2, 2020.
It's Shatner's world; we just live in it
You guys know he had a women's lingerie store for a while right? For some reason the business failed. it was called
Poor guy. You don’t correct the Captain.
Do you know who I AM? I was Captain KIRK! I was the only cadet to ever beat the something something test. I commanded a STARSHIP for God's sake! Warp speed, Mr Sulu!
It may have been from the same Series of clip outtakes that Howard used to play, where the pronunciation of the word ' sabotage' is the source of friction:
Shatner: " Well, I say ' sabotaaage'..."
I was expecting some Christian Bale level of insanity. This seems like some extreme condescension, so is that so bad?
This is the Bale outburst. If you can excuse the bad language, it's actually funny considering the people standing around wearing green cardboard boxes.
I can't even believe it's real, seems a bit staged to be honest.
Lol, but, I did hear the inflection difference in each take, and in Shatner's defense, he sounded exactly like 60 years of Shatner, which is what got him hired. Its a low key product, what - they want the same reaction as a battle scene that will be over in 20 seconds, but he's just been informed that the Di-lithium crystals need an hour to recharge and power the phaser banks?!?, lol.
One of my favorite Shatner roles.
Interesting how he doesn't go back to his native British accent, as people often do when angry.
I've been in a million of these sessions where some young producer has hired an experienced talent at $300 per hour who has done this crap a million times. The young producer doesn't realize that the process is collaborative and starts trying to tweak the pro so that he becomes the product in his head. If the talent wants the money he says, "okay," and tries the various ways the producer puts it to him. It gets really fun if the talent doesn't need the money. The talent can do a couple of takes and then say, nope, take it or leave it. If the talent senses that he's working with an inexperienced youngster he may play with him, and that's what it looks like Shatner is doing.
One of my favorites was when one of these youngster producers brought in the reel from his thousand dollar session and asked me to edit together a take from his multiple takes. We listened through for a phrase here, a word there, on all these perfectly performed takes. AS they went along I could tell the talent was getting more and more impatient. Finally, he said, No, I'll do whatever you want." And then he read the slate for the take: "I pity the guy who edits this. Take TWENTY-THREE."
And now for some VO session levity:
Reminds me of the time when Orson Wells famously walked out of a recording session for a frozen peas commercial.
"No amount of money is worth this."
Testy little feller ain't he?
"Are you making fun of me?"
The producer is an idiot.
The Jimmer would say MY
SCHEVY SHOOKA SHATTNER!
my similar story was for something short (30 second radio spot I think) with one of the top VO guys in Toronto in the late 90s, early 2000s.
take 1 was pretty darn good. Could have run with it, but hey we’re here, let’s do another one “for safety” (was recording into Pro Tools with a DAT running backup, so safety was covered)
2nd take actually was better. But someone wanted to try something “different”.
Over an hour and a half later I had at least 50 different clips, after punch ins and edits making up close to 30 complete spots.
Finally client let the talent go “I think we’ve got what we need” and we settle in to listen back to a bunch of the “selects”. Client wasn’t quite happy..
okay, let me try this - have a listen. “OH, THATS GREAT! What did you do?”
I played back take 2. That’s what went to air...
Most days I do not miss advertising clients.