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Fluent in Non-English Languages and Interested to Join In?

Elfenworks Productions, LLC is involved in two projects that involve language translation and is currently looking for languages to support them.

  1. The first project is in support of The Elfenworks Foundation’s stress-busting Breathing Butterfly Project for kids. This project is intended as a resource to help folks how to move from the “fight or flight” reaction to stressful situations, because the toxic cortisols that are released in those moments are toxic to our brains, and inhibit the ability to think clearly, make good decisions, and learn.  Although many of the most common languages found in homeless shelters were covered first, and we’ve been adding to our collection ever since, like snagging beautiful butterflies in a butterfly net. Check it out!
  2. The second project is in support of our NHM Ministrants Division Lord’s Prayer Translation Project.  We already have a DVD and podcast, but continue to gather languages.  For this project, a written translation almost certainly already exists, and we need a translation worksheet to help us in our edits when creating a video presentation.  

If you’re interested to help with either, or both, of these projects, why not visit those pages. If you don’t find your language there, then we probably haven’t recorded it yet. It’s possible that we’ve recorded it and haven’t gotten around to posting it yet, which is why contacting us is listed as the very first step, below.

Steps to Follow:

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us first. This will help avoid any duplicative efforts and allow us to get you the script(s) (in English) and provide you with the necessary release forms. We can also advise on some recording methods that may result in a better recording.  Here are the steps to success:

  1. Contact us for the latest scripts in English and the release form.  If you’re local, you might inquire about the possibility of stopping by, to record on-site.  Professional quality audio are preferable, but we’ve given you some “field recording” tips, to help you make sound your best from anywhere.
  2. Return the release form to us to get and written translation(s) to us.
  3. Only when steps 1 and 2 are complete, and you’ve gotten the green light from us, start recording!  Please follow these “guidelines for recording” below.
  4. We’ll give you instructions on how to get the file to us, depending on the file size.

Preparation Tips for Great Recording:

The best recordings are in rooms that are quiet, and where the interference from electronics and lights is kept to a minimum. Here’s what we do at Elfenworks Productions, LLC:

  • Try to schedule the recording at a time when it’s OK to turn off any noisy air conditioner or heater, if you have them, and at a time when you don’t expect the greatest traffic noise.
  • Turn off cell phones and overhead fluorescent lights in the immediate area.  Turn off ringer on any land-line phones.
  • Close doors to other rooms – especially doors that trigger a ‘beep’ when opened or closed.  We close the door to the kitchen. If we could reach the plug for the refrigerator, we’d unplug it for the quick recording, then plug it back in. We also put a note on the kitchen door “recording session in progress” so people don’t use it. We turn off the coffee making machine, which gurgles every few minutes otherwise.
  • We use an acoustical back-baffle. If you have one, use it – it really works!
  • Be sure you’ve printed what you’re going to record in nice, clear text so you don’t have a hard time reading it.

Tips During Recording:

  • We need a “taste” of what the room itself sounds like, before you start talking.   This sound snippet of just the room itself  will improve the effectiveness and quality of our noise reduction filters,  when editing the audio into its final form.
  • Give us a way to follow along,  by planning to speak each sentence in English then your new language.
    • 1. Tell us you’re catching it by saying “room noise!”
    • 2. Stay still for a count of 10 seconds – holding your breath.
    • 3.  Tell us that part is finished, by saying “ending room noise!”
    • 4.  NOW start recording. Speak clearly and slowly.
      • For every sentence, say it in English first, then your other language.
      • When you’re done, don’t jump up to turn off the recorder. Count in your head “1 – 2 – 3” before getting up.
    • 5. Play it back. Did it sound good? If it’s too low, or too high and sounds harsh and full of static, start again at #1.

Thank you in advance!

The Elves of Elfenworks Productions, LLC