Tuesday, May 22, 2007

voice over

Writing yesterday about the Consort commercial got me thinking about voice over recording. One of the highlights the Consort spot was going to the voice over session and watching Pete Stacker record the track. Pete is probably most famous for being the booming voice on the Bud Light Real Men of Genius radio spots. He is a big guy, who looks a lot like his voice. When he recorded Consort, I wished we had a camera because he emoted and contorted and twisted his body and out came lines such as "Consort Hair Spray.... Hair Spray for... MEN!" It was funnier than anything in the commercial and his read saved the day.

On the other end of the voice over spectrum is Jeff Morrow. We have worked with Jeff a lot and it is a real joy. He takes one read of the script and then just knocks it off. The first time we worked with him, I think his entire session lasted under 10 minutes. I only asked for a couple of alternative takes, because he just got it. What is great about Jeff is that his reads make our writing better. If he read this blog aloud to you it would be so much better.

We first met Marty Peterson when she auditioned for a TV infomercial we did. She was great and we cast her. While working with her we discovered she also did voice over work- using a slightly different voice. We have hired her several times and without fail she is a pro. She is so good for the infomercial she introduced her own on-camera character and you would never know the same person read the intro and was on camera.

We have also recorded French, Arabic and Serbian voice overs for films. With a translator in the studio and in the editing room it worked out just fine and we had the added benefit of seeing our credits in Cyrillic.



meleah rebeccah said...

I would love to do a VOICE OVER one day!

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