Actor / EntertainerI'm Lucie Pohl and my comedy show “Hi, Hitler” is coming to NYC in July. I’m also the voice of Mercy on Overwatch!
Jun 28th 2017 by luciepohl • 12 Questions • 842 Points
About the Film
The Orbit of Minor Satellites is a story of two very distinct and separate worlds that are connected by the most unlikely threads. The character Derwood Richards is a controversial psychiatrist who treats Rosemary Hamm at his private sanitarium.
Rosemary has created an imaginery world of a space station located on one of the Moons of Saturn, in a forgotten corner of the solar system. She conjures a romance between a doomed astronaut and a cosmonaut that mirrors her difficult earthbound existence.
Our talking bison is the moon's only native inhabitant, a sulferdioxide breathing giant who yearns for lost loves.
The Orbit of Minor Satellites is a hand drawn 2-D feature animation, independently produced by Chris Sullivan and his battalion of animators.
The film is hand drawn, digitally composited over painted backgrounds, models, and live action actors. As with all of my films, it is strange in form and content, my characters are misguided, but follow their strange paths to a place of peace, and empathy.
CHRIS SULLIVAN is the creator, writer, director, lead animator, and sound design. His previous animated films include Master of Ceremonies, Landscape with The Fall of Icarus, and Consuming Spirits.
"The Orbit of Minor Satellites is my new digital 2-D animated feature film, which takes you to the richly imagined world inside the mind of a troubled sanitarium inmate.
It’s a dark story about love in a time of darkness, shot starkly in black and white to better convey the dislocation of my main characters, the psychiatric patient and the doctor who treats her, and the imagined inhabitants of a forgotten Cold War space station on a moon of Saturn.
I’m thrilled to share with you that Sara Karloff, the daughter of my personal film hero Boris Karloff, has given me permission to use clips from her father’s radio performances for the voice of another major character in the film, a 100-foot-tall talking bison named Roger Ashley Norton.
"The Orbit of Minor Satellites" is a film that has been brewing for many years, and first came together thanks to a Creative Capital Grant. I’ve focused over the past two years on writing, preproduction, experimentation, and animating labor, bringing together an incredible creative team who will work with me to complete the film over the next two years.
If I'm able to raise the necessary funds, I'll complete "The Orbit of Minor Satellites” by late summer of 2019, entering it first in major live action festivals and then in animation festivals. It will be theatrically released in early 2020.
This is my second major animated feature film. Consuming Spirits, which was funded with a Rockefeller Foundation Film Fellowship and a fellowship from The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, was completed and released in 2012."
A.O. Scott, in a 2012 review in The New York Times, called it “remarkable” and said it "is a work of obsessive artisanal discipline and unfettered artistic vision. You have never seen anything like it… Mr. Sullivan’s pictorial wit and storytelling brio are delightful in ways that cut against the harshness of the story without blunting its deep ache."
Tasha Robinson, The Onion AV club: "Watching Consuming Spirits is like surrendering to hypnosis, or to a particularly haunting dream"..."Consuming Spirits has hidden depths"
Ask Me Anything!
How did you get the role of Mercy? What was the audition process like? Also, who is your favorite character in OW besides Mercy?
Also I just want to say that Mercy is my favorite character in the game, and has been my most played for many months. Thank you for providing such a lovely voice to a great character.
When you eat a steak does it also make you crave cock?
Good Morning Dr. Merzenich! Thanks for taking the time to do this AMA! My question is about brain health and it's role in education. NPR recently did a story on a school that is beginning to utilize an understanding of neuroplasticity and brain health in the classroom to combat the effects of poverty and chronic stress on the brains of school children and to eventually improve educational outcomes.
The role of neuroscience and plasticity as applied in the traditional model of education seems so limited given what we know about the brain and what we are still learning. Talking about brain health in a school setting feels so taboo. Why do you think that is? What are some ways that we can bring more awareness of neuroplasticity to teachers? And if the principles of neuroplasticity and brain health were implemented in classrooms what might that look like and do you think we would have better educational outcomes? Thanks again for your time!
What is the process like for a "digital 2-D animated feature film" in 2017? I can see you and your team are hand drawing the cells, frame by frame. Can you describe what this old style of animation is like, now that it's blended with the digital age of film making? When does the classical process end and the digital begin?
The audition process was pretty standard, a first audition (which I did under a blanket in bed with my computer) and a callback where I got to work with the amazing Andrea Tolyias.
I really love all the other characters on ow! They're like family so it's hard to single one out! Thank you for being awesome! Heroes Never Die! x
One of the reasons people don’t think about brain health very often is because there has been no medicine to address issues of brain health. The child goes to the doctor, the doctor asks how they are, the child indicates that they’re fine, and the doctor concludes the child has a healthy brain. We also tend to translate brain health in terms of academic performance. The brain is a vascularized physical organ that can be in a sense flabby and in bad organic shape, just like any other organ. So inside every classroom at school, there are almost certain to be children in front of the teacher that have a very unhealthy brain. We know that the brain is degraded in its operations in ways that impact its general health by ongoing high stress in childhood. A child who has to live with high stress is impacted in ways that will frustrate their success in school and in life. A standard approach to this has been to blame the child for their failures and misbehavior. Now that we know so clearly that in fact their failures are substantially due to the neurological injuries that comes from very difficult childhoods there is a moral imperative to help them. Intensive brain-plasticity based restoration is a large part of the answer. I applaud any school site that understands this and undertakes the important task of helping these children to come back to the mainstream. It will be a better world when we identify every child that has this kind of unfortunate history and do whatever we can to help them be one of us.
Posit Science’s research team is conducting studies in very severely Adverse Childhood Experiences Impacted using a combination of meditation related practices, computerized brain training, social attachment related therapy, and life coaching. They’re seeing high success in helping these children in this large cohort. If you’d like to know more about that send me a PM.
yeah I am in the proccess is actually analogue at first, and then everything is scanned and put together in phiti shop and after effects. The pencil drawings are the way that I liked to work. we did a john Henry like race, animating in photoshop and adding texture, and the scanned pencil drawings won. but the breath is on photoshop with a wacom,
Hi Bobby, #Big fan! In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, what messages were those aliens sending you?
Hi Lucie, thank you so much for doing this AMA!
I actually have two questions, both on different topics.
In Overwatch, what's it like recording death sounds for your character? Does it ever get awkward or weird?
What made you decide that comedy shows is something you wanted to do? If I understand correctly, you come from a theatre-focused background, but is it something about comedy that really pushed you in that direction?
Hi Bobby, I love you on the Chip Chipperson Podacast! Have you ever thought about doing stand up comedy?
So, the death sounds are very fun to record! We call those recordings 'exertions' and as voice actors we get to have a lot of fun with them! It can get exhausting for the voice but it's usually a really fun time!
I always loved making people laugh and I have always seen the humor in most situations in life! It's come very naturally to me!
No. That's a homerun you cock sucka
If you could have any Mercy skin be put into the game what would it be?
Hi Bobby, #Big fan! How difficult is it shooting a scene for a show/movie when the set isn't near the ocean?
Hmmm. I like the idea of some sort of Futuristic Robot Skin...
You're the worst fans in the world. Love you. But not that hard
Good evening Miss Pohl, first of all thank you for being here on AMA !
I have a question for you: Did the fact that you are the voice actor of Mercy changed anything to your career, your popularity?
Have a nice evening !
P.S. : Please excuse me for my possible mistakes i'm french.
How difficult is it for you to not step on greggshells considering you weigh the best part of a tonne?
Salut! Yes Mercy changed a lot in my career because she introduced me to the beautiful fans of the gaming world! Love you guys! <3
That's mean and hurtful
Hi Lucie! What's your favourite thing about living in New York? I've never lived in a place with more than 250 people, so I'm curious as to how you find it not only with how huge the place is, but also with being German. Do people notice, or have you got a more neutral accent down by now?
What would be involved in the daily life of an eccentric German New Yorker?
If you had to pick one cast member from MTV's Jackass to have sex with your wife while you watch, who would it be and why?
My favorite part are the people! There are so many different kinds of people and everyone lets everyone else just be who they want to be! There are no judgements on the streets of NYC! I moved here when I was 8 so I don't have a German accent in English! Usually I'm running around the city like a mad person with a coffee cup and sunglasses:-)
Johnny Knoxville, cause I know his dick's broken
Hi friend I am Very big fan I am severely autistic with other diagnosises and Overwatch has given my life much joy, the characters are my favorite part, and I always told myself that if I ever got a chance to message the voice actors, I would tell them this. I very much appreciate that the voice actor community in Overwatch seem to be very attuned to their individual respectful heroes. You do not just do the voice, but you embrace the character and I really like that. That being said, I have a simple yet extremely important question to ask, my friends and I have debated on this for very long time but I am seeking a doctor's opinion: Does Pineapple belong on pizza?
Do you get hard looking at sinks?
Thank you so much! And NO ABSOLUTELY NOT! No pineapple on pizza;-)
The right sink
A few: What was it like when you got the call back for Mercy? Did you ever expect the game to be as big as it is now? And if there was anything you could change about your character or any voice lines you could add, what would they be?
Do you think it's to late to change your characters name on SDRR to Lards Ulrich?
It was awesome! It's always nice to get a callback:-) I had no idea it would be this big!
You're too wordy. Have someone punch that up and get back, there's something there
Lucie, first, thank you for being such an excellent voice actress to my favourite character. A true hero to me both in game and out. Second, I need healing! (Just kidding, I main Mercy) Now for the questions: which Mercy voice line is your favourite? Do you like Pharmercy?
Bullshit you told Colin you were on number 11 and then you commiserated about deserts and hotel mints. Just another #Big fan
I love Pharmercy! My favorite voice line is Heroes Never Die! It's a powerful message and it's true:-) Thank you for being awesome!
Yeah I was being sarcastic you literal ass. One question per douchebag
My grandpa has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's/ Dementia. It has been tearing me up because I live so far away that I can rarely get down to see him. Because of that, he doesn't see my wife and I that often. He recognizes her but not me. Is there anything that I can do to help him?
Also, how is it that he can recognize my wife who he has known for 7 years but not me, who he has known my whole life, 27 years?
Absolutely! I am working on it and that is part of the reason why I'm doing my show for 3 weeks in NYC in July!
The usual case in Alzheimer’s disease is to lose the memory of people in reverse order of their appearance in life. In my case, my mother with Alzheimer’s disease, lost her memory of her youngest child first, and the oldest child last. However, as in your case, there was a wonderful exception to this. I remember about a year before my mother died, sitting with her, holding her hand, in the middle of a conversation in which she had not the slightest idea who I was. She looked over my shoulder, directly into the face of my wife Dianne, and asked with a quizzical smile, “Didn’t you marry one of my sons?” I am convinced that she remembered my wife because she had such a deep affection for her. Perhaps that unexpected ability to remember has a similar explanation in your own lives.
You ask a deep question that is difficult to answer in a few lines. It is difficult for us to know how open the simulation of the characteristics of an operational brain might be with a retention of its fundamental, almost unbelievable, powers. One class have thought about it and have attempted to construct artificially intelligent machines that operate very much like brains, with similar component processors and areas and devolution of actions. If you think about artificial intelligence as to produce a machine, that is equivalent to the human brain and its operational powers, then you can define a set of governing principles on a systems organization level that would need to be in place to make the machine work like the human brain. I view the models created by individuals like Jeff Hawkins at Numenta as representing an attempt to produce a machine in this form. At the same time, I have a strong personal suspicion that we could define the governing principles through some complex series of equations that someone could write down on a chalkboard and duplicate its powers in alternate ways. It is a little like imagining whether an evolved intelligence on another planet might have exactly the same form. But perhaps, in detail, outcomes substantially different detailed solutions, on the path to develop its evolutionary powers.
Great fun to think about! No clear answers here, pal. Maybe you are the individual who will sort it all out.
Hi Lucie! Just wanna say I look up to you and all the OW crew a lot, I love your videos and all your fan interaction! Y'all seem awesome and your interactions are always so entertaining <3 anyway onto questions!!
1.) How/ when did you figure out what you wanted to do as a career ?
2.) Have you ever gotten/ how do you handle hate?
3.) Life advice? 3.5) Do you ship Pharmercy (this one's the most important)
P.S. thank you for your time, it means a lot!! <3 <3
Would you rather be fat and dying or skinny with aids?
First of all, there were prior studies conducted primarily in the domain of physiological psychology that argued contrary to the predominant view that the brain was continuously plastic. They just weren’t taken very seriously by the neuroscientific mainstream. My transformation came from two sources: a research team that I lead at the University of California contributed to the invention of a device called the cochlear implant and we realized in its application that what can appear to be an almost miraculous recovery in listening ability must be attributed to brain remodeling. These devices shocked the sector of the hearing range that normally only represents highest frequency sounds with only a very crude simulation of the normal patterns of input representing intelligible speech. Not surprisingly, the speech that most individuals initially heard was very degraded. In time, a miracle occurred. They heard everything. And, they described what they heard as sounding completely natural, just as it sounded before they lost their hearing. This was not a miracle accounted for by our engineering. The brain did it by changing itself to account for this recovered power.
In parallel, we were conducting studies on the basic organization of great sensory systems of the brain and very early on showed that the changes that occurred following damage to a peripheral nerve innervating the hand manifested powerful adult brain remodeling. We quite quickly showed that we could drive such changes very easily by manipulating inputs from the skin, or by training in an animal of any age. That led us to conduct studies in which we trained animals to define the rules that govern plastic change. We saw that plasticity was rule-based, and following those rules, we could change the brain positively or negatively in performance and in its operational powers at will.
After a long series of studies designed to optimize this level of control, we have looked for models in which we could translate this science out into the world, to the benefit of struggling human populations. Initial focus was on children that struggle in their language abilities, and struggled to learn to read, and struggle in their cognitive development in school. Up to this point, we have trained more than 6 million such children in American public schools. Our interest then turned to individuals in the adult world, in adult populations, who acquire problems in life, expressed as psychiatric illness, or neurological injury or illness. Because everyone’s brain is plastic, every individual that struggles on planet earth can improve their functional abilities and brain health through appropriate forms of intensive brain remodeling.
Finally, it is not just about the struggling. It is about every one of us. It is about every individual making the most out of life. About working to improve their operational performance abilities; on the job, in life, in the things that matter to them. It includes you.
There are three aspects of related science in play that I can comment about. First, we know that a brain that has not evolved highly stable operations puts its owner at high risk for onset of a serious addiction. For example, children that have multiple adverse childhood experiences are delayed in their development and are left with brains that are commonly attentionally impaired. They struggle to control the child’s impulses. They struggle to suppress inappropriate responding. If a child in their early life has four categories of adverse childhood experiences against them, as shown by the Kaiser Health Initiative Research, they are 15 times more likely to develop a serious addiction as a teenager or young adult. So, the first line of attack in addressing issues of addiction are to strengthen those brains in ways that reduce the probability that addiction will be in such a child’s future. Second, we have been training individuals in small studies with ongoing addictions of alcohol or drugs and we now know that we can plastically drive changes in the brain that can plausibly help in recovery. For example, we have preliminarily shown that we can reduce craving for the addicted substance. It should be understood that we do not view brain training alone as likely to be effective in addiction related therapy because we think other life coaching and other cognitive and social therapeutic strategies almost certainly have to come into play.
Finally, the chronic addict has neurological changes that arise in their brain as a consequence of the addiction. Those changes weaken an individual operationally in elementary and in complex higher order processes. For example, ultimately, they slow down the brain and impair the individual’s cognitive and other abilities. Ultimately, they distort the machinery that contributes centrally to the individual’s sense of well-being and happiness. Things that should be central in the individual’s life and affections (like their marriage partner, or their child, or the natural beauties of life) can be weak as rewarding or stimulating sources of experience for them. And, the rebalancing and recovery of the rewards of these abilities is a very valuable aspect of recovery.
Scientists have shown that improvements in cognitive status resulting from therapy, directly predict that the person will stay off the drug or the alcohol once they leave the clinic and recovery of their attachment to the people that are at the core of their lives. Again, brain training and exercise in the appropriate forms can contribute to the recovery of these lost or degraded faculties.
Do you really need 12 open mic comics on the same podcast?
Can you see yourself doing motion capture for a game? Like how Uncharted, Tomb Raider or The Last of Us does it?
Who were you more scared to sit next to at the Cellar table, Patrice or Colin?
Absolutely! I've done some mocap in the past and it's a lot of fun!
Patrice cause he's dead
Hi Lucie! Just wanted to say thanks for doing an AMA on Reddit, you're a phenomenal actress and we all appreciate your time for doing this! I've just got 2 questions for you and I'm sorry if any of these are reoccurring ones. Without further ado:
I'd like to ask on what made up your mind on taking up a career of acting/voice acting/comedy etc. In my case, as for someone who has done acting lessons at a young age but regretfully stopped doing them, I'm curious to what your answer is?
And lastly, this is a bit of a funny question but in regards to voicing Mercy in Overwatch- If you could completely change Mercy's ultimate voice line ("Heroes Never Die") into something else, what would YOU want it to be?
Thankyou very much for your time Lucie! Piece of cake :)
Bobby, what was the meanest thing Patrice ever said to you?
Hi! I grew up in a theater family so I always knew that was the only thing I wanted to do in life! I never thought I could do anything else. I like 'cupcakes never die' ;-)
He said so many mean things. He's called me a fat lesbian, I dunno there's too many mean things to come up with
Hey Lucie. So earlier this month Carolina posted a video of yall eating cupcakes where you said "Cupcakes never die". Have a friend who is obsessed with Mercy and cupcakes so that completely made her day. My question in regards to that topic is, what do you prefer, cupcakes or muffins?
Is this your year? Are you finally going to make it?
First of all, I wanted to say I love your work, voicing Mercy and your comedy!! Keep up the good work! I want to know though, you and Sombra's voice actress seem like really good friends in the videos she makes, do you two hang out a lot, and is that just what it's like to be a part of the Overwatch VA Family?
BOBBY!!! Question about your time on the show "Louie" - Were you on set when this scene took place? http://i.imgur.com/Mq62pPt.png
We've all become really close! We're very lucky Blizzard has put together such an amazing team!
That was actually me, I had just gone back to Aruba
Hi Lucie! Rather new to Reddit here, but big Overwatch fan. My girlfriend and I cosplayed as Mercy76 at a convention last year and this pic got viral.
Rate our cosplay? https://goo.gl/photos/PGBzXzsFYCyyqyjc9
You're a delightfully lovable creep, Bobby. What was the meanest thing you said about Vos at the roast the other night?
Bonnie was dating Nathan Fillion from Castle and Firefly, and she dumped him and ended up marrying Vos. I put up a photo on the big screen of Fillion and read his credits. Firefly, Guardians of the Galaxy and a network ABC show with 170 episodes, 100,000 an episode
Then I read Vos' that started with Maxwell's and Poughkeepsie - what a bad choice she made
Hey Lucie! I firstly wanted to say just how awesome you are! My girlfriend and I watch all the videos with you and Sombra's VA and you guys are amazing together!
I wanted to ask:
Has anyone ever recognized you by your voice?
What is your favorite interaction?
Do you think Mercy and Sombra would hang out as much as you and Carolina hang out in real life?
Thank you for your time! Mercy is by far my favorite Overwatch character, mainly because of you add so much personally with your voice work!
EDIT: Added another question that came to me on the way to work.
What was that weird noise you made getting out of the car that one time?
I don't know what that was, that was so weird
Do you take your comedy show on the road, and if so, how often?
edit: I'm a German (descendant) Jew and am interested in seeing it, but don't live in the proximity of NYC.
Do you actually do bang bangs in real life and if so what is your favorite cuisine pairing?
I do! I gig in different countries and cities at least once a month usually.
Yes unfortunately I have, it would have to be dinner then chinese
Hi Lucie! I was wondering if you'd be attending Momocon again next year? I got your autograph but I regret not asking for a picture!! (I was the Mercy cosplayer who got her ipad signed 💕💕) (Also thanks for AMA!)
what do you think it will take to leave your child without a father?
Lie - eggs whites with orange slices
Truth - two eggs sandwiches and a cuban cigar
Hello, Lucie! Thank you for being on Reddit, also had a great time at your Apohlcalypse Now show back in March. When you're scripting for a live show, when do you feel it's right to exaggerate or caricature aspects of the stories you're telling for comedic effect and when does it feel right to tell a story just as it happened?
Why do you love food more than your child?
Thank you!!! So awesome that you came out! Hope you come to the new one too. Great question! I think it's always ok to exaggerate or caricature aspects of a story when it serves the point I am trying to make! Truth is usually better than fiction though and life writes the best stories so most of the time I don't even have to embellish!
Stop with the fucking, stop getting real, don't make statements. Either be funny or fuck yourself
Honestly never heard of you before seeing this AMA, but based on that trailer you seem really funny and talented. The whole one-(wo)man show seems to be kind of a lost art (or maybe I'm just not hip enough to know how alive and well they are). What made you decide to pursue this medium? Do you know what you want to do next? I'd love to see you in some comedic movie roles. Is that the eventual goal?
How long does it take you to scrape the barnacles off your face every morning?
Yes my goal is to turn this show into a format for tv and film and keep doing more comedic film and tv projects!
I get it it's a whale joke but too hacky, try harder
Where’s your go-to places to hang in Montreal?
Stogies, over on rue and crescent. Love that place. Love Dunn's too, and the Hyatt, the 19th to the 29th. Go to hahaha.com for tickets
Could you talk a little about how you got into the voice acting scene? I think I have a pretty cool voice (just like everyone aspiring to become a voice actor, right?) and thought I'd ask about your story.
My first voice acting job was off of an ad on craigslist!
Why's the comedy show called "Hi, Hitler"? You've said you're a German Jew so I'm assuming your family has gone through some horrible struggles during the time of the Nazi regime. I'm interested because I like learning about WW2 and things related to it (my grandfather fought in the war and it's interesting to hear his stories). Also, do you like Lord of the Rings? I'm a Lord of the Rings nerd so I had to ask.
The show is called Hi, Hitler because as a kid growing up I thought it was just a fun greeting "Hi" instead of "Heil" and the show is a lot about misunderstandings, displacement and searching for a place to belong. You should come see it if you can! I love Lord of the Rings!
Weil keiner sie grade biegt
Who is your favorite character from Overwatch, besides Mercy? ❤️
I love them all!
I absolutely adore your stuff, its a nice change from the bland stand-up. Your rambunctiousness is my favorite thing about you! I first saw you in Military Academy, and you have had my heart racing ever since!! Thanks for taking the time out to come say Hi. I have two questions.
The first is obviously who inspired you, and what is that inner part of you that allows you to break the typical social norms?
Second, one of my all-time favorites has been George Carlin, and he started out doing normal, family friendly stuff before evolving into what he was really destined for. What do you see in your future? Do you see your comedy evolving to even more criticisms of the cultures we have today? Perhaps acting even more?
Thanks again! I love Lucie!! <3
Wow! Amazing questions! Thank you! I am inspired by Lucille Ball, Lily Tomlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Jessica Kierson, lots of amazing females who have defied stereotypes! I don't think about norms which is what allows me to break them! I love George Carlin too and yes, I think my comedy will become more biting and rude as time goes on:-) Thank you!!!