Round 3 - Theme: Transformers

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All members of BTVA are welcome to submit a performance for voice acting practice or just for fun! See below for details.

THE RESULTS ARE IN!
Congratulations to our Top 8 Finalists! Not only have you made to the half-way point of the contest, you've also just earned yourselves a copy of Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt's Voice Over Voice Actor book AND The Warm-Up CD, kindly donated by Yuri and Tara themselves. Oh, and they've signed each copy as well!

So, back to business. What theme have we brought to you this time? Well, it's something a little more than meets the eye ;) (Yes, cheesy but appropriate :D) We bring to you characters from the Transformers universe. Robots in disguise. In disguise from familiar things like cars and planes to exotic things like animals.

If you're familiar with Round 3 from Season 1, you'll know that in this round, your task will be to voice 2 characters. Last season it was 2 heroes. But this time you'll be becoming both a hero AND a villain. So not only do your performances have to stand out to show how different your hero/villain characters are, but you'll also have to create 2 distinct voices, one for each character.

And don't forget, both Yuri Lowenthal and Tara Platt will be Special Guest Judges for this round.

Finalists ... voices ready, and roll out!

1 Finalist will be selected by our Special Guest Judges to move onto Round 4.
1 Finalist with the most votes will move on.
2 Finalists from the remaining group will be selected by the Judges' to move on.
4 Finalists will be eliminated.

Click on a character image to display their description and lines that you will voice act and record.
Wheeljack

(Wheeljack and Autobot medic/inventor Ratchet are flying in Wheeljack's ship to find an important relic)
Monologue 1:
"Boss thought you needed backup huh? I'll be sure to be on my best behavior Doc. (Ratchet tells him not to call him 'Doc') Whatever you say sunshine. So, all of team Prime's busy chasing down these four Iacon relics? (Ratchet says there are more) There's more? No worries Doc, I got your back. (Ratchet says he proved himself in battle during the war) Then I'm lucky to have you along champ. Coz we got a bogey on our tail. Soundwave huh? Megatron's communications chief? (Wheeljack increases the ship's speed) You wanna grab onto something. (a small Decepticon is released to divert Wheeljack's attnetion) Soundwave sent out Laserbeak? I welcome a good distraction. (Wheeljack gets behind Laserbeak) The hunter becomes the hunted. (Wheeljack fires weapons) Choke on that, Con."


(Wheeljack tells the story of how why he's hunting a Decepticon named Dreadwing)
Monologue 2: (Choice)
"I was searching for Autobot survivors and found a fellow Wrecker, Seaspray, who was blown to bits. My flyer, the Jackhammer picked up Seaspray's signal a couple light years from Madern. We made contact, and arranged a rendevous in the Drommadon system. But Dreadwing must've intercepted the transmission. Coz he got to Seaspray first. Proximity bomb. Supposed to take us both out. Suppose I should be glad the Jackhammer can take a punch. I picked up Dreadwing's ion trail, and tracked it through a dozen solar systems before catchin' up with him."


(Wheeljack is on the hunt for Dreadwing, who has killed a former teammate and just landed on Earth)
Monologue 3: (Choice)
"Hope he's enjoying the visit. It's gonna be his last. (The Autobot leader, Optimus Prime suggests to hold back for now since they don't know where Dreadwing is) Are you suggesting we sit back and do nothing? (A human government official tells Optimus to pull rank on Wheeljack) A tighter leash? Let me clarify, tiny. I'm not one of Optimus Prime's people. (Wheeljack leaves and his friend Bulkhead follows, trying to convince him to listen to Optimus) Let me tell you Bulk. Roadbuster, Pyro, Impacter, Rotorstorm, Seaspray. All dust. Guys like Optimus, they talk a good game. But when you're in the scrap, they don't wanna get their hands dirty. (Bulkhead tries some more convincing) I know, I know. Because Prime is the real thing. Blah blah blah. (Wheeljack receives an invitation from Dreadwing) I'll see you there Con. Just to see you fry. (Bulkhead says it's a trap) I know it's a trap, but when has that ever stopped me. (Bulkhead suggests they call for backup) You know Wreckers don't call for backup. They call for CLEAN UP!"

Wheeljack is a former member of the Wreckers, a combat unit that operated outside the normal chain of Autobot (faction of robot alien race who fights for peace and freedom) command. They took on dangerous missions no one else would. Trained specifically for battle and combat, Wheeljack is one of the roughest Autobots around and has an attitude to match. When we first meet Wheeljack, he's clearly a rebel, focused mainly on doing as he sees fit and has little respect for Autobot leader Optimus Prime. After some time he gain respect for Optimus and becomes a team player.
Cyclonus

(Attempts to give a motivational speech to his fellow Decepticons)
Monologue 1:
"Once the Decepticons nearly held the quadrant through terror. Now we scrap like slargs over a few energon cubes. Is this how you honour the memory of Galvatron? Is this the fate of the mighty Decepticon Empire? Give Decepticons, give until it hurts. We have nothing to fear, Unicron is dead, all that's left is his head. We have nothing to lose. Warriors such as you and I should meet their end in battle."


(Cyclonus and Scourge are discussing their alliance with Shockwave. They have come from 20 years in the future, where they kill Shockwave and take over as Decepticon leaders)
Monologue 2: (Choice)
"C'mon Scourge -- we owe him nothing! (Scourge observes they can't become future Decepticon leaders without Shockwave) Perhaps, but to think we must now serve Shockwave, the being that in the year 2008, we will kill to become joint commanders of the Decepticons! (Shockwave comes in with instructions for Cyclonus and Scourge) We answer to no one! Listen, you pompous, overbearing fool -- we don't have to take this from you! I mean, why should we serve someone we're going to kill and succeed in twenty years? (Shockwave, realizing what they've just said, sics a crazed Megatron on them) Scourge, it's Megatron! What--what's he doing here? (the two are separated during the ensuing brawl) H-help me, Scourge! I'm injured... Guh... Scourge, help me! Where are you!?"


(Cyclonus and Scourge have arranged to meet Galvatron in the middle of a human city. The two have arrived and are now waiting for him)
Monologue 3: (Choice)
"You sure this is the place, Scourge? (Scourge confirms it's the place) Why in the middle of a human settlement? Unless... unless he wanted to make sure we came alone. Face it, in the middle of this lot, you couldn't miss another Transformer! (Galvatron appears and calls Scourge and Cyclonus out for not following his orders exactly) As it happens. We don't wish to serve you. And they're Nebulans, not humans! We're Targetmasters now, Galvatron -- the Nebulans ARE our weapons! Now -- hand over the device!"

Cyclonus was rebuilt from a deactivated Decepticon (robotic aliens bent on power and conquest) chassis by Unicron in order to do Galvatron's bidding. As Galvatron's second-in-command, Cyclonus is fiercely loyal and always serious about his job. He focuses on nothing other than conquest.
Arcee

(Arcee goes along with her teenage human friend Jack on what's supposed to be a safe mission, until they discover a crashed alien spaceship)
Monologue 1:
"That's odd. Ratchet's satellite scans were accurate, but subterranean energon deposits don't cause this kind of surge. (They go to investigate) A crash landing. Stay behind me. Low and close. Wait here. (Jack follows anyway) I know who this ship belongs to. (Attempts to call base) Arcee to base, I need a ground bridge asap. Base, do you read? Scrap (like a cuss word). Comm links dead. This ship's gotta be transmitting a high frequency scrambler pulse. (Arcee drives Jack far away) Wait here. I mean it this time. (Jack responds with "I thought I was your partner") No Jack, you're a kid. You're only here because this was supposed to be no risk. Got it?!"


(Arcee visits the grave of her former partner Cliffjumper, who was killed by a Decepticon)
Monologue 2: (Choice)
"Hey partner, heck of a view you got up here. If there's even a small chance your spark is out there listening, well, we could really use you Cliff. Seems like everyday a new Decepticon arrives on the scene. We're outnumbered and outgunned. Yeah, I know what you'd say, "Sounds like a fair fight", and if that's the world we live in, so be it. I just want you to know, I haven't given up. I'm going to find the Con who took you from us."


(Arcee talks to an enemy prisoner Starscream about who killed her partner Cliffjumper)
Monologue 3: (Choice)
"Airachnid terminated my partner. (Starscream thinks that fellow Decepticon Airachnid was taking credit for killing this "partner" and claims the credit for himself) What? You weren't there. Who were you talking about? I'm talking about Tailgate. (She suddenly realizes that Starscream killed Cliffjumper) You were the one. You extinguished Cliffjumper. (In anger, Arcee prepares to avenge her partner in battle) Here's the key to your cuffs. Cliff would've given you a fighting chance. (Starscream pretends to cower) Take it! You're pathetic. (Starscream tricks Arcee and deals a near lethal blow) Aaaaahh! (Starscream starts monologuing and Arcee while weak, gathers what little strength she has left for a final attack) *quietly* Just keep talking Starscream. *getting louder* This ... is ... for ... Cliffjumper!"

Arcee is part of a faction of a robotic alien race called the Autobots, who fight for freedom against the evil Decepticons. Despite being the smallest member of the team, she is considered the most reliable soldier by her leader Optimus Prime. Her force of personality and tough as nails attitude fit perfectly with her skills in melee combat. But these traits hide a vulnerable side of Arcee. She has lost two partners, who were killed by the Decepticons and those losses shook her to her very core. While she is extremely loyal to her leader, Arcee will sometimes bend the rules and often lets her feelings of revenge get the better of her. When she was initially assigned as guardian of the human teenager Jack, she was less than thrilled, but over time she has grown close to him and is not only his friend but often acts as a mother-figure. The loss of her partners makes her very overprotective of Jack.
Blackarachnia

(Tracks down a fellow Predacon named Tarantulas to find out what he has been up to)
Monologue 1:
"What ever are you up to? How very interesting. So, this is where you've been hiding. Cozy. In a hideous sort of way. (Tarantulas prepares to attack) Cool your gears, tall, dark and gruesome. I didn't spend all this time trying to find your lair just to shoot it out with you. We need to talk. (Tarantulas makes up a fake excuse why he's scheming behind the Predacon leader's back) I'd say you were engaged in stealing a status pod, and perhaps reprogramming the helpless Maximal protoform inside into a new Predacon, loyal to you of course."


(Both factions have discovered a flying island which possesses a powerful light emitting weapon that can cause major destruction. Blackarachnia schemes her way into gaining control of it all for herself)
Monologue 2: (Choice)
"Success. This flying island, and all it's power will soon be mine to control. Hahahahaha. It's mine. This island's weapons will give me the power to defeat even Megatron (leader of Predacons). I will destroy the Maximals and rule the Predacons. Now, for power! This must be the control center, but how do I ... (a beam of light surrounds her and she screams in pain) Aaaaaaah!!! (pain subsides) Yes. Yeees. I feel the power. I have the control. Let there be ... light (the light weapon fires attacking the nearby Transformers)"


(Arrives on scene to find the Maximal Silverbolt (who is a half wolf half eagle Transformer) protecting an important machine called a protoform. In the past Silverbolt has been known to be a gentleman and never attack Blackarachnia because she is female. Even though they are enemies, over time she has slowly grown to be fond of him)
Monologue 3: (Choice)
"The Predacons claim that protoform! (Silverbolt tells her it has malfunctioned) Pardon me if I don't buy that load bird dog. (She attacks) Come on! Fight back! How long will you carry this silly chivalry? Coz this dark damsel is not impressed! (Their fight takes them to a dark and unknown environment) I consider myself a creature of darkness, but this place is making even my skin crawl. (She falls down a chasm) Aaaaah. (Silverbolt flies in and saves her) Not too shabby Bowser (her nickname for him). But don't expect any gushing gratitude."

Blackarachnia is a member of the Predacons (evil faction of a robotic alien race). She's a sultry femme fatale, highly intelligent and extremely dangerous, esp given her non-robot mode is a black widow. Blackarachnia always looks out for number one, and while she values her independence and freedom above anything else, she also craves power. If she follows orders or befriends a fellow Predacon, it's only to seem loyal or to advance her own devious plans. Normally deadly in battle, she has gained one weakness. The heroic member of the Maximals, Silverbolt makes her a little uneasy. His "gentleman" demeanor and kindness (despite their factions being enemies) during each of their encounters has slowly grown on her.
Voting has ended.
THE RESULTS ARE IN!
Mrbipolar
Mrbipolar
Playing: Wheeljack & Cyclonus
Monologue 1
Monologue 2
Monologue 3
Monologue 4
OptimusSolo

I have to admit it kind of threw me off that you didn't add any pauses in between the natural break in the lines, it made it sound rushed a bit. Love your deep tones though man!

Agrees (6)  Disagrees (6)
NCZ

The deep voice fit Wheeljack pretty well. For Cyclonus, the voice was a bit too high/raspy for me, but the acting was great. Not a bad job, all around.

Agrees (1)  Disagrees (6)
SteveP
SteveP
Playing: Wheeljack & Cyclonus
Monologue 1
Monologue 2
Monologue 3
Monologue 4
OptimusSolo

Your Wheeljack was solid but I just thought it was a tiny bit too young/youthful sounding for a wrecker. I felt your Cyclonus missed the mark though, just heard a little too much Megatron and Starscream in there and Cyclonus was more of an obedient genera

Agrees (1)  Disagrees (13)
NCZ

Wheeljack’s voice was lighter than I expected but the delivery was spot-on, especially line 2. Cyclonus’s voice surprised me; reminded me more of Starscream but it fit pretty well. Loved your pained delivery at the end of the second monologue.

Agrees (4)  Disagrees (2)
LordCrehavos
LordCrehavos
Playing: Wheeljack & Cyclonus
Monologue 1
Monologue 2
Monologue 3
Monologue 4
OptimusSolo

Loved your Cyclonus, thought only Tuxedo's edged it out. Pacing was just right, emotions were great. I have to admit though, I am not a big fan of your take on Wheeljack, just a little too 'hillbilly' sounding for me.

Agrees (12)  Disagrees (2)
NCZ

Wheeljack's Cajun (?) accent was an interesting touch, made him sound laidback yet badass. Cyclonus’s perfomance as a whole was certainly villainous, and the pain in monologue 2 was a highlight. Only criticism is that some lines were a bit too slow for me

Agrees (9)  Disagrees (0)
TomStheVoice
TomStheVoice
Playing: Wheeljack & Cyclonus
Monologue 1
Monologue 2
Monologue 3
Monologue 4
OptimusSolo

I think your Wheeljack was 2nd only to Tuxedo's, loved your "Choke on that Con"! Your Cyclonus was solid as well, maybe could have been a bit deeper and more stoic but thats being picky I suppose.

Agrees (7)  Disagrees (3)
NCZ

Wheeljack’s "choke on that, con" was great, and I really liked your emotion and acting on monologue 2. Cyclonus was fantastic, really brought out his anger. The high voice helped make him sound tense, and the pain was excellent at the end of monologue 2.

Agrees (3)  Disagrees (2)
MOM0KI
MOM0KI
Playing: Arcee & Blackarachnia
Monologue 1
Monologue 2
Monologue 3
Monologue 4
OptimusSolo

You had a solid performance here, my only issues were the second line felt a bit forced for Arcee and I don't think there was enough of a difference in your two character voices. Your 2nd BA line was the highlight, liked the laugh!

Agrees (7)  Disagrees (4)
NCZ

Arcee’s voice was very fitting and the lines sounded believable, esp. monologue 2. Blackarachnia wasn’t too distinct from Arcee, but it was a good voice so I could forgive it. You really got the sultry first monologue and the wickedness of the second.

Agrees (5)  Disagrees (2)
Bree
Bree
Playing: Arcee & Blackarachnia
Monologue 1
Monologue 2
Monologue 3
Monologue 4
OptimusSolo

Nice Job Bree, making me happy I fought for you back in the auditions! Had you as the Top Arcee, Top Blackarachnia and third overall this round. Your Blackarachnia was outstanding!

Agrees (4)  Disagrees (13)
NCZ

I quite liked your Arcee. Monologue 2 was fantastic, sounding believable and truly solemn. You hit Blackarachnia right on the head. The voice was really good; it and the delivery truly made her sound seductive and evil.

Agrees (2)  Disagrees (8)
TuxedoTaargus
TuxedoTaargus
Playing: Wheeljack & Cyclonus
Monologue 1
Monologue 2
Monologue 3
Monologue 4
OptimusSolo

Not much to say here, you freaking knocked it out of the park in my opinion. I had you as the top Wheeljack voice, the top Cyclonus, the top Male, and the top overall. Your voices were drastically different and you were consistent in each character throug

Agrees (10)  Disagrees (5)
NCZ

Two distinct and excellent performances. You nailed Wheeljack’s voice and sounded believable, and Cyclonus was utterly fantastic. The accent was a phenomenal touch and fit the character amazingly well, sounding truly evil and aggressive. Great stuff!

Agrees (6)  Disagrees (1)
RitsukaFlame
RitsukaFlame
Playing: Arcee & Blackarachnia
Monologue 1
Monologue 2
Monologue 3
Monologue 4
OptimusSolo

Real solid performance here, like the emotion you showed throughout and the difference in your two character voices. I can't really find a specific thing to critique but overall I did have you just slightly behind Bree this round for the female submission

Agrees (7)  Disagrees (5)
NCZ

Arcee was a solid performance; the acting was good, voice fit, and you nailed the emotion in monologue 2. Blackarachnia wasn’t quite as strong as Arcee, but that’s not saying much because it was still pretty good.

Agrees (4)  Disagrees (1)
Special Guest Judge's Feedback - Tara Platt & Yuri Lowenthal
Tara Platt
Yuri Lowenthal

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