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IT Voice Acting Course Students Try Remote Theater

A scene from the online geneproduction
A scene from the online geneproduction

At Kyoto Computer Gakuin (KCG), 10 students in the IT Voice Acting Course of the Information Processing Department are currently divided into two groups and are challenging remote theatrical performances using the Zoom remote conference application under the guidance of instructors and TAs, including Ms. Mika Ishikura, the advocate of this project.In response to the nationwide spread of the new coronavirus, each member of the group participated in a meeting on Zoom from their homes and other locations on July 28, 2020, and held a genepro (full rehearsal).

The students will be performing "zoom no numerals" (, which was published this year by writer Kengo Mizutani and has been shown and performed on YouTube and other media.(v=jgDsflXrz2A ).It's a story about five co-workers at a remote conference who get caught up in an urban legend, and it's a 10-minute story that gives you a glimpse behind the human heart.This time, Mr. Mizutani kindly agreed to provide the script to the IT Voice Acting Course, and the remote theater project at KCG was realized.

In the IT Voice Acting Course, students usually gather in a studio to practice their vocalizations and glides, and then rehearse and create their roles face-to-face. However, this year, due to restrictions on entry to the school, most of the members were unable to meet in person, and practiced online to create a single play.The lecturer, Ms. Mayumi Hasui, said, "I was surprised that the students, who had never been in society before, were able to give shape to a play set in a remote meeting of working people, even though they were not satisfied with the actual meeting.I think this is all due to the fact that each and every one of the students has demonstrated their motivation and qualities to the fullest," he said with admiration.

Mr. Hasui strictly instructed the audience that if they did not understand the script and the background, they would not be able to play the role and their true selves would come out, and that their voices and facial expressions would change depending on whether or not they were aware of the intentions of the character they were playing.The students carefully checked the character of each role and the sentiment of each scene one by one.As a result, the same role was played as a weak and unreliable person in Group A, while it was played as a cheerful person in Group B. This created the effect of watching two completely different plays depending on the interpretation of the story and the roles played.

On July 31, final adjustments and recording will be made, and after editing, a screening will be held on campus in the fall semester.Ms. Kosuge, a first-year student in the IT Voice Acting Course, said, "This was my first experience with remote theater, and it was difficult to practice because the screen was small and it was hard to see facial expressions with Zoom.However, communicating remotely made it easier for us to express our opinions to each other, and I think we were able to practice in a very good atmosphere.Tomisaka, a first-year student at the school, said, "Remote theater has an ease to it that is different from going to the theater.He said, "Please enjoy the screening with the feeling of 'I don't know who's on the screen.

The IT Voice Actor Course was established in April 2014 to train voice actors who can make full use of computer technology. In addition to basic training in voice and glide, students are in charge of hosting school events and dubbing works requested by other departments.I'm also working hard to study IT-related topics, such as technology for digitizing my voice and processing it with a computer.Since last year, a major Tokyo-based voice actor production company has held on-site auditions at the university.Several of our graduates have entered training schools as special students and are flying high toward their dreams.