Let us bring your script to life!
S.W.A.A.T. (Specialized Workshops And Actor Tactics) is an elite team of actors and motion capture performance artists who bring years of experience and specialized training to help hone in on issues with scriptwriting, actor blocking, and character development. This elite team of actors seasoned in motion capture performance, stage blocking, theater, voice acting for video games, radio, and animated television shows and feature films is essentially a free tool which garners high reward when deployed, abating potential risks to your project and saving you time and money. S.W.A.A.T team members can be invaluable and unmatched in situations that stretch beyond the capabilities of producers, writers, and in-house staffers who will sometimes take on a character role at a table read. Give your project the power and depth it deserves and deploy the team that brings ‘something special’ that connects the audience with players and launches hugely popular games, shows, and films.
Meet the S.W.A.A.T. Team Captains
Jennifer Hale (@jhaletweets) is an actress and singer who has built a vast and varied resume, appearing in hundreds of cartoon episodes and taking on roles in well over 185 video games, winning multiple awards. Her varied roles include Commander Shepard in ‘Mass Effect’, Rosalind Lutece in ‘BioShock Infinite’, Cinderella in both games and animation, Leah in ‘Diablo III’, Naomi Hunter in the ‘Metal Gear’ series, roles in ‘The Power Puff Girls’, ‘Justice League’, ‘Avengers Assemble’, the Emmy award winning ‘Lost In Oz’ and dozens more. In a five-page profile of her, THE NEW YORKER, coined Jennifer Hale, ‘The queen of video-game acting’ and “a Kind of Meryl Streep” for “her performances in... video games”.
Jennifer lives in Los Angeles with her family and her animals. She runs a podcast (‘The Art of Money with Jennifer Hale’, available on iTunes) to help people take back control of their money and thrive. Jennifer spends any free time traveling, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking and anything else she can find to do outside.
Cissy Jones (@cissyspeaks) is an award-winning actress whose voiceover career spans the gamut from animation to video games and everything in between. Besides winning a BAFTA for her performance in the 2017 Indie video game FIREWATCH, Cissy has also cemented her role as a new animation actress, so watch for her part as the lead in a yet to be announced new Disney animated franchise. When she’s not creating characters that kids of all ages adore, she’s lending her voice to projects such as the Academy-Award nominated documentary WINTER ON FIRE, as well as many national commercials, feature film trailers and network promos
Sarah Elmaleh (@selmaleh) is a SAG-AFTRA actor and voiceover artist, best known for voicing player character Katie in Gone Home. She can be heard in over two dozen games, from critically acclaimed indies such as Pyre, Where the Water Tastes Like Wine, and Galak-Z, to AAA titles such as Final Fantasy XV and For Honor (as The Raider.) Active in the games community as a developer advocate and proponent of deeper actor/dev collaboration, she has also judged, organized or spoken at major games festivals and conferences such as the Game Developers Conference, Independent Games Festival, IndieCade, and Games for Change.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is S.W.A.A.T. an acronym for and what does it do?
Who are the people involved in S.W.A.A.T.?
What does S.W.A.A.T. cost?
Nothing. S.W.A.A.T. services are free of charge. Seriously! No joke! Really free. Pretty wild, huh?
How will S.W.A.A.T. benefit me and my project?
What kind of genres or scripts can use S.W.A.A.T.? What state should my scripts be in?
Um, our scripts are barely final for the session…
Can I record during a S.W.A.A.T. workshop?
How long is a S.W.A.A.T. workshop?
If we make rewrites, can S.W.A.A.T. come back?
Yes! There is a limit of two rounds of S.W.A.A.T. script labs per project.
Can I ask for specific S.W.A.A.T. members? Will roles for the reading be cast according to fit or type?
What about SAG-AFTRA? Does my project need to be union?
If I use S.W.A.A.T., do I have to cast them in my project?
I am thinking about Performance Capture. Does S.W.A.A.T. do that?
S.W.A.A.T. sounds fun, can I join?
My content and materials are highly confidential, will S.W.A.A.T. sign an NDA?
All S.W.A.A.T. performers are well-versed in the norms and considerations of confidential materials, and will treat your project information with the care and discretion it requires. We are happy to sign your NDA - and, if you don’t have one drafted up already, we have taken the initiative of offering one of our own!
How do I book time with or contact S.W.A.A.T. ?
Send an email to email@example.com with the date, time, place, and number of roles/voices, with at least 1 week notice before the time of the read. More lead time may be necessary for VSL services. You are welcome to provide the script in advance or on the day (actors may turn around NDAs before receiving the script by email, or on the day itself.) Be aware that actors may not have time to review the script in advance, but many are happy to if they can (and they’re very accustomed to cold reading)!
Where is S.W.A.A.T. located?
The team management and its members are primarily located in the Los Angeles, California area.
Does S.W.A.A.T. operate outside of Los Angeles? Outside of the United States?
With adequate planning and if you are willing to cover such expenses as transportation, lodging, food and negotiate a reasonable stipend to offset the potential for LA work in your timeframe, you are most welcome to open a conversation about your particular project needs! As an alternative, you may also wish to consider using our Virtual Script Lab service.
Virtual Script Lab, what's that?
Virtual Script Lab (VSL) is a FREE pre-scheduled service to assist out-of-area clients who wish to avail themselves of the S.W.A.A.T. services, but are not at a location where the team can meet in person. Through the use of video and chat telecommunication software like Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, our team will meet with clients online at a predetermined time, providing all the services mentioned above. But, please note, these meetings also may not be recorded. The number of participants may be limited due to the specific software limitations.