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In the studio with Halina Reijn and Thom Hoffman

on February 22nd, 2010, by ali

Actors Halina Reijn and Thom Hoffman were in a recording studio in Amsterdam and gave their voices to Sintel and The Shaman. For the occasion, Clark Levy turned into SuperColin…


74 Responses to “In the studio with Halina Reijn and Thom Hoffman”

  1. Josh Says:

    Well done all,
    This is very exciting. Take a look at the actors IMDB profiles! A bit more activity recently.

    But this is truly a good foundation. Good luck with the rest of the film!

  2. grafixsuz Says:

    Love the gif Pablo, LOL.

  3. melon Says:


    Slow down driving car sequence (128 times).

    While driving the car, Ton is describing (with details!) the story about Sintel, baby Dragon, the whole plot and how it’s gonna end (with credits). He also makes a statement about Blender community, saying “who gives a duck about community” (audio quality is poor, but it sounds like that).

  4. Lee Says:

    melon: wow noone was meant to hear all that! please keep all details to yourself of the story, we’ll take this audio out asap

  5. eye208 Says:

    A main character that is supposed to be 15 years old but looks more like 11 years, with a 35 year old voice.

    That’s totally going to work!

    Oh well, at least Blender 2.6 will be awesome.

  6. kopi Says:

    Great shaman voice!

  7. Solineoz Says:

    Very talented actors, both of them are really emotional, we can feel it pretty well πŸ™‚

  8. Savage Says:

    I think they were both perfect. Not just the voice but how they really got into the parts as well. I like how she acts a bit timid and he acts with certainty you would expect of a shaman. I love how she says “a dragon” and his eye widens a bit in surprise… Awesome! I hope this film is just a tad longer than BBB, I think it could be a great short film though but I worry it may be too short. I would like to see more twists and turns in the story line. No matter, it will be awesome, I know.

  9. LiMuBei Says:

    @Ton: That clears that up then! My first thought was that it just my be a very strong dutch accent πŸ˜€

    Well keep it up guys, I’m really excited to see the final movie!

  10. rogper Says:

    Some curiosities of my if I may:
    Did the actors had read the script before hand?
    How long the recordings took?

  11. denism Says:

    Nice, I like their voices. Should be interesting. Are you guys planning on changing the character a bit, or some animations in order to get some mannerisms from the actors?

  12. MeshWeaver Says:

    wow πŸ™‚ the voices fit very well

    can’t wait to see the movie πŸ˜€


  13. Rudiger Says:

    While I’m sure Halina is very talented, I don’t think her voice is suited to a 15 year-old girl, no matter how mature. I actually thought that Angela’s voice fitted the character a lot better.

    Also, I see you got rid of “lover”, which is good, but I think “kindred spirit” sounds a bit awkward. Couldn’t you just make him say “A friend?”

  14. Anty Says:

    First I would like to thank to actors for giving so excellent voices and to making those animations alive.
    I am also very happy that sentence “I’m searching for someone I love” was changed to β€œI’m searching for someone.” Now it sounds more serious like a movie and not as teletubbies program.
    This is going to be awsome movie !!! πŸ™‚

  15. proctor Says:

    wow, liking this very much so far!

  16. Frank_robernson Says:

    She needs to be more, dramatic and actually put her emotions into it -you know like 15 year olds are usually really dramatic, but she seems like she’ll make Sintel come across patient and mature..for her age.I I closed my eyes and tried to picture there voices with the cg characters I can’t wait to see what it turn out like!!!!

  17. DrD Says:

    Being raised on the street makes you grow up real fast… what non of you have ever read Ender’s Shadow??

    In any case historicaly speaking in the middleages if by 15 you havent settled in life, you were probably dead.

  18. Absolutely NoOne Says:

    “A dragon.” πŸ˜€ lol
    That line just sounds so… epic? Overly so? Just makes me laugh. Love the Shaman voice especially, though.

  19. Loken Says:

    Oh man, they were both great. This is shaping up to be really nice.. Sintel’s voice may sound a little mature, but I honestly think it’s going to work. She’s young in form, but not in heart.

  20. kirado Says:

    Wow, really impressed by the details of the actors performances.

  21. Nilando Says:

    He (Ton) also makes a statement about Blender community, saying β€œwho gives a fuck about community”

    Did Ton really say that about the Blender community? That’s shocking if true.

  22. Beorn Says:

    Nilando: Relax. It’s only shocking if you don’t know Ton’s sense of humour.

  23. joeri67 Says:

    I see my sponsoring is being well spend :P. This is really great!
    – Joeri

  24. Arthur L. Bain Says:

    This will truly be a remarkable film and to think it was all done with an open source tool. Remarkable! I applaud you and your team in what you are doing and sharing with the world.

    Thank You!