Tom & Luna dispel the myth of the ‘studio cat’

Illustrated by Katie Hounsome (katiehcreates.com)

All audio by me. Of course.

Merry Christmas!

As you’ll know if you saw the previous Voiced By Ant Christmas card and film, my office is filled with furniture from the 60s and 70s. It’s that late midcentury vibe that inspired me to commission a series of illustrations from commercial artist and illustrator Katie Hounsome. Check out her site; not only does she do custom illustrations for businesses and individuals, but she sells an ever-increasing range of vintage-style location, travel and transport posters.

And if you’ve seen the Tom & Luna take over the VoicedbyAnt studio at Christmas e-card, you may remember that I rewrote some of Clement Clarke Moore’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. I overlaid the video with the rewritten poem read with a midcentury general American accent. I added a little fire crackle and vinyl processing for the audio.

And I wanted continuity beyond the style of illustration, some carry-overs, for this Christmas card. Which means you’ve got some more golden age of Hollywood style audio, using some of the original poem. This time it forms part of a last-minute live directed voiceover session for a script change in a radio commercial. It also features a contrasting British Father Christmas. That radio ad script ties into Tom and Luna demonstrating fundamental unsuitability for the title ‘studio cats’. No processing for the audio this time – it’s a live session after all!

The script even features a little nod, slightly disguised, to a classic Christmas movie. An Easter egg, if you like, for Christmas. I’ll let you work out what it is…

I hope you enjoy the film. Below you can see the work zone of my office with and without Christmas decorations.

Christmas card version
Illustration of the workspace and recording booth of British voice actor Anthony Hewson AKA Voiced by Ant
Undecorated illustration