Posts Tagged ‘movie’

Translating the Next Mihmiverse Film

September 17, 2014

dj_teaseThe translation of the next film by Christopher Mihm is in progress.  I’ve finished translating my assigned scenes and I must say, if the last film was full of “Ne, ne, neeeee!” then this one is full of “Mi ne scias.

This will be the 5th film that is to have a voice dub and subtitles in Esperanto and I’ve enjoyed helping with each one. To me, doing these translations is akin to doing a crossword puzzle.  We are constrained with keeping the basic meaning of the lines and limiting the length according to the syllables in the English version.  Otherwise the ‘Godzilla Effect’ occurs where the voice and lips do not match up at all.

One of the new challenges for this film is the large number of children’s parts for which young Esperanto speakers, or Esperantists with young voices will be needed.  I’ve even volunteered my daughter for small role. (Actually, I asked her and she agreed.)

So get ready world! Another Esperanto dubbed film is on the way!

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May is Fame Month

April 27, 2013

rtsb coverI vowed to myself that I would have my Sussex Branch history book out and available before May.  I succeeded.  Remember the Sussex Branch is now available to the public.  I have been researching this book for years, looking for photographs, studying newspapers on microfilm, and scrutinizing historic maps. I designed the whole book from typesetting to cover art.  It’s finally done and now I can go on to my other 47 1/2 hobbies.  As this book filters through the world of railroad aficionados I expect the response will be positive.  I feel my only detractors will be those who expected a book that was something other than the history of the station that served the railroad.

giant_spiderIn other news, The end of May is when the latest film from Christopher Mihm comes out.  The Giant Spider, like his last two films comes with an alternate voice track in Esperanto.  In this latest film I was fortunate enough to land the lead, (well, actually it was just offered to me.  There was no audition.) I look forward each year to helping translate and then voice act for these movies.  It’s a fun way to use my second language.

 

Howard will have a New Jersey Accent in Esperanto

February 21, 2013

giant-spider01I was honored to be asked to voice the hero in Christopher Mihm’s lasted movie, The Giant Spider. I, of course am voicing the Esperanto version of the hero, Howard.  Since I’m born and bred here in New Jersey, I cannot help but have a New Jersey accent in my Esperanto speaking.  Hopefully it won’t be too obvious.

At this point the Esperanto translation has been completed, mulled over a bit and finalized.  My character has over 150 lines, so I got an earlier start than my samprojektanoj.  My Esperanto task-master, George Baker occasionally asks that I redo a few lines because I didn’t quite get the essence of how they should be spoken.  That is that because I need to mimic the tone of the English, I sometimes get it not quite right.

Still, this is a fun process from which I’m sure to reap benefits:  translating, English into Esperanto, B-Movie style English, can be challenging, plus the idea that our word choices cannot be too obscure else we lose the listening audience of avid Esperantists around the world.  Having spoken almost all my lines, I’ve found that reading the lines out loud after translating would be a good idea.  I’ve found a few wicked tongue twisters for which I might have chosen alternate words. I’ll have to bring that up next year, presuming Mr. Mihm continues making bi-lingual films.

The movie comes out in May and even if you don’t know Esperanto, the English version is great viewing and fun as well.

Next Mihm Movie to have Esperanto Translation–Again!

December 16, 2012

giant_spiderI got a very nice and appropriate surprise yesterday, December 15 which is also (among Esperantists) the birthday of Dr. Zamenhof, the creator of Esperanto. In my email I got a request from George Baker, my Tradukestro to help translate and have a voice role in Christopher Mihm’s next movie, The Giant Spider.

I was very glad to get this news as I had thought we (the esperantists) were being passed over on this film.  For Mr. Mihm’s last one, House of Ghosts we were on the job over the summer.  When nothing was said of our involvement this year, I felt, OK we’re out this time.

Chris Mihm evidently likes getting orders from all over the world from Esperanto fan everywhere.  I’m sure this translation will be of the great quality as the House of Ghosts.  Well, George is cracking the whip, so I better dig out my dictionaries…

New Mihm Movie has Esperanto Voice Track

June 2, 2012

Christopher Mihm’s new movie, House of Ghosts has just come out and has an Esperanto voice track as well as subtitles. This is the second Mihmiverse movie to include Esperanto, the first being Attack of the Moon Zombies.

Even though I was on the translation team for this movie, as well as a voice actor, I was thrilled to hear the good quality of the Esperanto voice track in this film. The translation is also of better quality due to our having our anasoj  in a row.  For this film, we were told to match the syllable count of the English as closely as possible to avoid the Japanese affliction of dialog continuing way after the lips stopping.

this necessitated a little creative translating on our part.  We couldn’t just translate the lines word for word. We had to  capture the essence of the line and find a way to put it in Esperanto. Sometimes this wasn’t so easy, but I think we did a great job in the end.

Mr. Mihm has himself started learning Esperanto, so it’s very possible this tradition of Esperanto dubs for his films will continue.  If you’d be interested in joining our team of translators or voice actors contact me at nj.esperantist.com and I’ll pass your name to our team leader.

If you’re interested in securing a copy of this movie, drop by Sainteuphoria.com

Ghostly Film with Esperanto Dub is in the Works

August 11, 2011

Christopher Mihm’s next film is now in pre-production. His last film Attack of the Moon Zombies, included an Esperanto soundtrack recorded by volunteer Esperantists across the U.S.  This coming production will also have an Esperanto Dub track and I have been asked to be on the team of Translators. Hura! The quality of this translation and dub should be of even better quality than the last because we’re already more organized.  The last project we admittedly just dove right into. If you’re at least adequate in Esperanto and want to help, I can put you in touch with our project leader, George Baker.