In the second pilot episode of Finley & Max we were really able to clearly establish the characters’ two distinct personalities that would set up the basis for their dynamic and pave the way for how their interactions would go moving forward.
For the first week practicing with the puppet, I wasn’t sure how Max’s voice was going to be – then Max’s voice sort of just came to me one night, and then practicing it just sort of became second nature. In a very funny way, Kevin needed a lot of coaching to get Finley’s voice just right – sometimes he would just use his own voice during practice, which was a great basis, then I would try to demonstrate how I thought it should go and then he would mimic that and it worked great. In time, Kevin found the voice and stayed really consistent.
Kevin breathed a lot of life into Finley, but the interesting thing about both Max and Fin is that they are both two facets of MY personality – Finley represents my nerdy eccentric side obsessed with collecting things, etiquette, knowledge and obscure facts, (and vegetarianism) – where Max represents my endearing, child-like wonder, desire to do a lot at once, and proud title of a reckless funster. In “Trains”, I think we really hit home that Finley is a nerd and Max is a spaz-o-tron. As the episodes go forward, I hope you will pick up on Finley’s and Max’s traits as well.
For your viewing enjoyment, I now present to you “Trains”.
“Trains” (pilot episode) Releasing August 17, 2012
Finley is trying to read his library book, but Max is just too excited to discover the library has books on more than one subject.