Thurs Aug 17th | 7pm | The Animation Guild | Burbank, CA


Bringing Your Animation to Life with Voiceover

Thursday August 17th
Doors Open at 7pm
Panel Discussion 730pm – 9pm

The Animation Guild
1105 N. Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505

This event is free for all WIA members and $15 for non-members at the door via credit or debit card. Please be aware that WIA cannot accept cash or checks.

Everyone must register/RSVP for this event, including WIA members. A WIA registration confirmation email and photo ID are required for admission. Please note that registering does not guarantee admission. Entry is on a first-come, first-served basis and seating is limited. Please do not arrive before doors open at 7 p.m.

Bringing Your Animation to Life with Voiceover

Voice performance is a key component that helps brings an animated project to life, literally the very soul of its characters. But the art of voiceover can be easily overlooked in the animation production pipeline. How can you seamlessly integrate voiceover when preparing the whole, taking into consideration the artistic vision and the scale of your project? What can be done during the casting process to make sure you choose the right actor/voice to match the character? What should you look out for during the recording to ensure you get the best performances out of your voice actors? This panel will take you behind the curtain of all things voiceover and give you an inside look at the process behind the mic.

Discussion Panel

Jun Falkenstein

Jun Falkenstein is an Animation Director, Writer, Story Artist and Musician. Jun was recently the Supervising Director of three Monster High tv movies at Mattel and most currently worked on Jon Favreau’s reinvention of The Lion King for Walt Disney Motion Picture Productions. She is simultaneously working on a Young Adult title graphic novel for Scholastic Books. Throughout her professional career, Jun has worked at nearly every major studio and at many indie/smaller houses as well in either television or theatrical animation, including the Walt Disney Studios, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, Hanna-Barbera, Sony Pictures Animation and DreamWorks.

Gina Gallo

Gina Gallo is a Producer, Voice Director and Casting Director. She began her animation career as an editor with Disney Animation Studios and DreamWorks. She is currently a partner in KingDom Productions, producing new animated feature films. In 2006 she formed Illuminata Pictures and has since partnered with nWave Pictures to produce, cast and voice direct Fly Me to The Moon, the first ever stereoscopic 3D animated feature, along with The Son of Bigfoot, The Wild Life and A Turtle’s Tale, amongst others.

Francesca Marie Smith

Francesca Marie Smith began working in the entertainment industry as an actor over two decades ago, returning to the field in recent years as a consultant, a writer, a designer for games and experiences and a producer, while she completes her PhD at the University of Southern California. Much of her career has been spent working in animation, with voice-over credits including Nickelodeon’s Hey Arnold! and Disney’s Recess. Currently, her work focuses primarily on transmedia projects that invite audiences to explore a world or follow a story via multiple avenues and using a range of platforms, from animation to location-based mobile gaming. Throughout, she seeks to combine her academic background and analytical side with a deep understanding of the audience experience (and a deep love of artistic creation) in order to help foster meaningful engagement.


Karen Strassman

Karen Strassman is an Actress, Voiceover Artist and Dialect Coach. She has created hundreds of voice-over characters of all shapes, sizes, genders, ages and species, from classic Disney princesses, to iconic villainesses, to talking jellyfish and shy tadpoles. Some of Karen’s voiceover credits include: Winx Club, Ever After High, Monster, DC Super Hero Girls, Monsuno, Rugrats All Growed Up, Bioshock 2, League of Legends, Mortal Kombat, Lego Friends, StarCraft 2, World of WarCraft, Final Fantasy, Star Wars: The Old Republic and many more.​ As one of the leading VO talents in Paris for many years, Karen could be heard as the voice for Air France, Euro-star, Disneyland Paris and for audio tours of the Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay, among other things. You may have also seen her on Silicon Valley and Weeds or heard her as the recurring French woman’s voice on the walkie-talkie on the TV series Lost.

Collette Sunderman

Collette Sunderman is an Emmy Award nominated Voice and Casting Director working in animated features, tv series, commercials, theme park theatrical and video games. She is currently working on a few series including Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther Quest and Marvel’s Spider-Man, Warner Bros’ New Looney Tunes, various DC Girls properties, various LEGO properties, Cartoon Network’s Ben 10, and Disney’s TBA production. She has cast and/or voice directed for DreamWorks, Saatchi & Saatchi, Marvel Studio, Warner Bros., Cartoon Network, Disney, Nickelodeon, 20th Century Fox, ABC, SyFy Channel, Comedy Central, Mark Burnett Productions, Hanna-Barbera, Frederator Films, DC Comics, Film Roman (Starz), Sony, THQ, V-Tech, EA, Ubi-Soft and Leap.

René Veilleux

René Veilleux is the CEO and Founder of Verité Entertainment where he is spearheading production and development on a variety of projects in film, tv, new media and animation.  René has worked with numerous companies including; DreamWorks, Warner Bros., Mattel, Nickelodeon, Amazon Studios and PBS. He works as a Voice and Casting Director for a number of animation projects including: Justice League Adventures, Monsuno, DC Nation, Hot Wheels and Monster High, as well as numerous video games titles, such as: Payday 2, Falling Skies The Game, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The Elder Scrolls Online. René also produces Talking Voices on the Verité Voiceover YouTube Channel, which highlights voice actors and the craft of voiceover.

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