National Bird Directed by Sonia Kennebeck

National Bird - Sonia Kennebeck

I had the privilege to do voice over for “National Bird,” a new documentary directed by Sonia Kennebeck. The film is getting its world premiere at the prestigious Berlinale 2016, International Film Festival.  It took 3 years to go from the idea and research to funding and finding answers, and finally to its world premiere.

National Bird Still - Sonia Kennebeck

National Bird follows three former US drone veterans:

Tortured by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries, they decide to speak out publicly, despite the possible consequences. Their stories take dramatic turns, leading one of the protagonists to Afghanistan where she learns about a horrendous incident. But her journey also gives hope for peace and redemption.

Sonia Kennebeck - National Bird Berlinale 2016 Premiere

For more details CLICK to watch a Berlinale panel discussion about the film. 

Images from Berlinale 2016

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The Boiling Cauldron

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MEET: The Boiling Cauldron

The witch’s kooky incantation…

Eye of blue
Tail of fish
Wing of bat
Mmmmm….tasty dish
Rubble, rubble by the double
Light it up
And watch it bubble!

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Zombie Joke

Zombie-Joke

If being part of the walking dead isn’t enough, Zombies are also really  suck at telling jokes.

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Ladies and Gentleman! The Great Zindini’s Official Announcer

Check out the The Great Zindini’s Official Announcer voiceover clip Jonathan recently recorded for California Great America’s new live show, “The Magic Hat.”

For more of Jonathan Murphy’s voices, go to jonincharacter.tumblr.com.

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IDOL ALERT! Jim Cummings

This man has voiced practically everything I’ve grown up watching! His versatility is amazing…he’s taken over voices for characters who’s originators have passed on…he can grunt, howl, sing and grumble…he plays starring roles and an entire cast of characters. His talent is endless.

With so many to choose from, I picked only a small sampling of my favorite Cumming’s voices…

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The Biz…Voice One

How do you stay on the top of your game as an actor? For Jonathan Murphy, it’s Voice One studios in San Francisco. “I’ve been attending Voice One classes for over 10 years now,” says Jonathan. “I was 16 when I started! In the beginning, I took classes to learn voiceover skills, and through the years I’ve taken a variety of character, dialect, and skills workshops that keep me at my best.”

Jonathan likes the environment at Voice One. Founder Elaine Clark is an award-winning actor, producer and director who is able to bring in some of the industry’s top professionals to share their expertise. “I’ve taken classes from people in the business who really know what they’re talking about. Casting directors, talent agents, voiceover actors, marketing specialists…I’ve never had a bad experience!”

But does the investment of time and money in Voice One classes work? “I was signed by an agent because he liked what I did in his class, and I’ve gotten numerous jobs as a result of my connections through Voice One…yeah, I’d say it’s been worth it.”

Voice One Founder Elaine Clark

“Elaine has a great balance to her personality. She is very no-nonsense and business-oriented, but also very warm and friendly. As a result, Voice One is a professional place with a heart.”

Excerpt from Voice One Newsletter

“Voice One goes out of its way to promote the successes of its students. Every newsletter highlights actors’ most recent gigs.”

Jonathan Murphy and Joe Peralta at the Voice One Holiday Bash (Photo courtesy of Joe Peralta)

“One of the other things I like about Voice One is that it’s a great place to network face-to-face.”

Click here for the Voice One 2011 class brochure.

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