Here's a list of some questions you might have and their answers.
If you didn't find the answer to your questions here, please don't hesitate to contact us and ask! Our e-mails are firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
1. How do you make an audio fanfic?
2. What are all the jobs I can have on AFL?
3. Am I good enough to participate in AFL projects?
4. Can I play more than one role in each audio fanfic?
5. Is there any limit to the number of roles I can have at once?
6. Can I play a role of the opposite gender?
7. What are audition clips? Do I need them to be a voice actor?
8. Once I am cast in a story, do I have to wait until the story is fully cast to record my lines and send them in?
9. What if I make a mistake while recording my lines?
10. In what sound format do I need to send my voice clips?
11. Once I am cast, do I have that role permanently?
12. Will you make an audio version of my fanfic?
13. I want to recommend some of my favorite stories to be turned into AFL projects. Can I do that?
14. Will you ever accept M-rated (R) stories?
15. What exactly does a project director do?
16. How do you decide who will direct a project? Can anyone direct a project?
17. How do I get actors for a story I am directing?
18. I'm underage; can I still participate in AFL projects?
19. What is an AFL Librarian and how are they chosen?
20. Hey, this site looks pretty cool! Can I spread the word about it?
1: How do you make an audio fanfic?
First, a fanfic is chosen. Either an author asks us to make an audio version of their fanfic, or we ask an author's permission to make an audio version of one of their stories. Then it goes up on the Current Projects page. After that, the roles in the story are cast. Then we send the voice actors their scripts, and they record their lines. Each character, plus the Narrator, is a different role. For example:
In this case, the voice actor playing Sally would send us a voice clip saying "Hi, George!" - the voice actor playing George would send a voice clip of "Hi!" and the voice actor playing the Narrator would send us a voice clip (or several) of "Sally walked down the road... she said... George replied."
Once we receive ALL the voice clips for the fanfic, we can edit them together using the Audacity program we downloaded for free from Sourceforge.net, add the rating to the beginning of the file or files, and post it on the website! So easy!!
2: What are all the jobs I can have on AFL?
The three main jobs on AFL are Fanfic authors, Directors, and Voice Actors. Fanfic authors are the ones who have written the stories that we turn into audio fics. Directors oversee projects and give the voice actors instructions on how to play the roles. Voice Actors play all the roles in the audio fics. However, we are open to any other suggestions if you have other talents. For example, if you can sing or play an instrument, we invite you to use those talents, as well as creating sound effects for the audio stories. We also accept fan art to go along with the stories, promotional videos for the current projects, and most anything else that you can offer.
3: Am I good enough to participate in AFL projects?
If you can make any type of sound that you can record into your computer and send to us, you are good enough!!! As long as you enjoy the idea of your voice being heard, and as long as we can make out your words, you can play a voice role. You don't have to be a professional actor or anything, we just have to be able to tell what the characters and narrator are saying in the finished fanfic. If you goof during recording, or even if you have a stutter, it doesn't matter at all -- most of the time, we can edit the voice clips you send us to fix any problems that might exist. Even if you are literally unable to speak (or are too shy) you would be more than welcome to play a musical instrument, make sound effects, bang on pots and pans, or any other contribution you care to make. And if voice acting doesn't appeal to you, you can always submit or recommend a story for us to turn into a project and/or you can try your hand at directing. This site is for FUN and it is for EVERYONE!
4: Can I play more than one role in each audio fanfic?
Yes, absolutely! You can play as many different roles as you can do voices for!
5: Is there any limit to the number of roles I can have at once?There is no set limit by number. However, you shouldn't promise to do more roles at any one time than you can actually handle doing. If you have a lot of time on your hands, you might be able to handle a lot of roles at once. On the other hand, if you have very limited free time, you might want to only take on one or two roles at once. Remember, by taking a role, you are agreeing to be a member of a team, and for the projects to run smoothly, every team member needs to be able to play his/her part.
6: Can I play a role of the opposite gender?
That's up to individual project directors who are in charge of all aspects of casting and how the story will sound in the end. However, if you see a role of the opposite gender that you’d like to play, go ahead and inquire with the director about it. Most directors are open to females playing male roles or vice versa, and it never hurts to ask!
7: What are audition clips? Do I need them to be a voice actor?
Audition clips are sound files that you create which are posted on your AFL profile. Basically, they are a way for you to show off any voice acting talents that you have. Project directors can listen to your audition clips to decide if they would like you to play a role in their story. We recommend that you have one clip of you using your normal, speaking voice, but other than that, it’s up to you. For example, you are invited to send us clips of you singing, speaking in accents, doing sound effects, or doing character voices, whatever you would like people to know that you can do.
We do not require voice actors to have audition clips posted on their profile, but we highly recommend it – many directors will want to listen to your voice before they cast you in their story and will ask for audition clips if you don’t have them posted on your profile. If you’d like to create audition clips and have them posted on your AFL profile, you can send them to one of us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
8: Once I am cast in a story, do I have to wait until the story is fully cast to record my lines and send them in?
No. In fact, we encourage voice actors to record their lines and send them in as soon as they can after they are cast. Even if you are cast in a longer, multi-chapter story where your character doesn’t speak until later chapters, you can still record your lines and send them to us and we can store them. That way, once a story is fully cast, we will already have the majority of the lines recorded, and that means we won’t have to track down all the actors to get their lines. And THAT means we can get the story edited together and posted on the site even sooner!
9: What if I make a mistake while recording my lines?
Don't worry! We do that all the time, and it's easy to fix. Just keep your mic running, go back a few words and repeat the part you mixed up. Then send us the whole recording and we can very likely piece it together so it sounds like you never made the mistake at all.
10: In what sound format do I need to send my voice clips?
MP3, wav, and wma files are all compatible with the Audacity program we use to edit the stories together.
11: Once I am cast, do I have that role permanently?
As long as you get your lines to us in a reasonable time, you have that role permanently. However, in order to ensure that projects are completed in a timely manner, we have added this Re-casting Policy as of September 6, 2013:
Time limits are based on the size of each role. The following are the time limits for each type of role:
a. For a Narrator role (either 1st person or 3rd person) in a project longer than 3 pages – 3 months
b. For a Narrator role in a project 3 pages or shorter – 2 months
c. For a role listed as Central Cast – 2 months per chapter
d. For a role listed as Minor Cast – 1 month per chapter
e. For any Character role (not a Narrator) in a project 3 pages or shorter – 1 month
As of August 1st, 2014, the time limits are changing! The above time limits apply to all roles cast on or before July 31st, 2014. The below time limits apply to all roles cast on or after August 1st, 2014. The new time limits are as follows:
a. For any Narrator role (either 1st person or 3rd person) - 2 months per chapter
b. For any Character role (not a Narrator) – 1 month per chapter
There is no time limit on roles in the unprioritized, unnumbered section, but we still encourage you to get your lines to us as soon as you can!
12: Will you make an audio version of my fanfic?
Send it in, and we'll see! Each fanfic is handled on a case by case basis, but there is a very good chance that we WILL do an audio version for you. Please note: At this time, we are making NO audio versions of fanfics rated M (R).
13: I want to recommend some of my favorite stories to be turned into AFL projects. Can I do that?
Absolutely! Anyone can recommend a story that they would like to see as an AFL project, as long as the story is not rated M (R) or contains should-be-rated-M material and is improperly rated. If you want to make a story recommendation, you can contact us and let us know the name of the story/stories and the author(s) pen names, along with where we can find this story. We will contact the author(s) to ask them if we can use their story, and if they say yes, we will add the story to our Current Projects page. You can also recommend your favorite stories on our Audio Fanfiction Library Forum by filling out the easy form and posting it under our Story Recommendation Thread, and we'll take care of the rest!
14: Will you ever accept M-rated (R) stories?
We do not currently accept any stories rated over T (PG-13) and it is highly unlikely that this rule will ever change. This is NOT because we do not believe that there are excellent and well-written M-rated stories, however. For various personal reasons, the AFL staff members (Sauron Gorthaur and Razzle) do not read M-rated stories and we do not feel comfortable working on M-rated projects. We also want this site, and all its projects, to be open and friendly to members of all ages.
15: What exactly does a project director do?
Project directors are in charge of how their project will ultimately sound, like theatre or movie directors. AFL directors make final decisions on who is cast in any role in their story, and if more than one actor requests the same role, directors decide who gets the role. Directors are responsible for giving directions to actors on how they would like the lines to be read, how they want the characters to sound, if they want certain characters to have accents, if they want there to be sound effects or music in their project, etc. Voice Actors will send their voice clips first to their director who will listen to them; if the director is not satisfied, he/she can ask the voice actor to re-do the clips until he/she is satisfied with the way the clips sound. Only when the director is satisfied with the way all the clips sound in his/her project are clips edited together and posted on the site as a completed story.
16: How do you decide who will direct a project? Can anyone direct a project?
Yes, anyone who wants to can direct a story, even if you're a complete beginner. All you need is enough time to give your actors instructions, answer their questions, and listen to their clips. And of course, a sense of fun and creativity is always good to have!
The order in which directing rights are determined are as follows:
- The author of the project ALWAYS gets first crack at directing, if he/she wants to.
- If the author doesn’t want to direct, the right to direct passes to the person who recommended the story.
- If the story recommender doesn’t want to direct, the right to direct is opened up to anyone.
- If no one asks to direct the project after a month, by default one of the staff (Razzle or Sauron Gorthaur) will direct the project.
17: How do I get actors for a story I am directing?
There are two ways that you can go about casting a story that you are directing. One, you can take the laid-back approach and simply wait for actors to contact you about roles in your story. Two, you can take the active approach and seek actors to recruit. If you take the second approach, you can listen to audition clips that some actors have posted on their AFL profiles or listen to completed stories in order to find actors that you think fit the roles in the story. Once you find an actor that you’d like to recruit, you can either contact them directly, or contact an AFL staff member and we will contact the actor for you and put them in touch with you. Actors do not have to accept a role that you offer them, but your project will probably be cast more quickly if you take this approach.
18: I'm underage; can I still participate in AFL projects?
If you are less than 18 years old, you need to have the permission of your parents or guardian to be involved. Please let us know if your parents or guardians have any restrictions for your activity on AFL (e.g. no roles of the opposite gender, no T-rated projects, etc.). If you have parental permission, however, you are welcome to participate in AFL in any way you like, be that submitting stories, directing, or voice acting!
19: What is an AFL Librarian and how are they chosen?
All libraries need librarians, right? Librarians are members of the AFL staff, and they have more authority on AFL than a normal member. Librarians are able to accept stories to be turned into current projects and can accept new members on their own authority without first consulting the Site Owners. They can help out the Site Owners by contacting AFL members, overseeing projects, and answering the questions of fanfic authors, directors, voice actors, and/or new/prospective members. However, they still answer to the Site Owners (that’s us, Razzle and Sauron Gorthaur,).
Librarians are chosen by current staff members (right now, Razzle and Sauron Gorthaur). If you show exceptional interest in AFL, are involved in lots of projects (submitting/recommending stories, directing, voice acting, and/or recruiting new members), and show responsibility, enthusiasm, and dedication, one of us may contact you and ask if you’d like to be a Librarian. We want to make sure that Librarians will be with us long-term (and won’t drop the project after a couple months) so we probably won’t ask you until you have been an AFL member for at least a year. Since Librarians are able to add projects and new members without first consulting us, we will look for members with good taste when recommending stories or working on projects (not recommending stories with inappropriate or overly mature content, stories that are in poor taste, such as torture fics (lists of ways to annoy characters), or stories that don’t conform to AFL rules.) We will look for members who have the time to be active on the site and who are interesting in seeing the site expand and improve.
20: Hey, this site looks pretty cool! Can I spread the word about it?
Yes, please do! We would love for more people to get involved and spread the word. Tell your friends! Post something about us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or any fanfiction or voice acting sites you’re involved in. We’d also love it if you’d spread the word around your local community, like at your library. We plan to create brochures soon which you can print off from our site and hand out or see if your local libraries and/or theatres will hang up, so check back soon or create your own in the meantime!