In a world, a movie set in the world of Hollywood voice-over talent

It is well known that voice-overs for film previews have been almost exclusively performed by men. Don LaFontaine, American voice actor famous for recording more than 5,000 film trailers,  and hundred of thousands of TV advertisements, video game trailers, became known for his “In a world….” phrase, he poked fun of his cliche phrase at various events, including the Geico commercial.

In A World, three words genetically, male oriented, and not uttered by a woman in a movie trailer. Until now, where Lake Bell makes her writing-directing debut, as well as leads the cast in…. “In A World” the winner of Best Screenplay at Sundance.

This upcoming movie is all about an actress trying to make it in the voiceover business. Motivated by her father, the king of movie-trailer voice-overs, to pursue her aspirations of becoming a voiceover star with all of the trials and tribulations that come with her career. She sets out to change the voice of a generation.

The title somewhat  refers to the intro that begins so many trailers for movies set in the future. The man who has undoubtedly uttered these words more than anyone else was Don LaFontaine, who over the past 25 years cemented his position as the “King of Voice-overs.”  Aside from his continuing work in the trailer industry, he has also been the voice of NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox and UPN, in addition to TNT, TBS and the Cartoon Network. Based on contracts signed, he has the distinction of being perhaps the single busiest actor in the history of SAG. In September 1st, 2008,  La Fontaine died at the age of 68 following complications from a collapsed lung.

Offering an amusing peek into a seldom-visited corner of showbiz, this movie could kick up some theatrical returns with judicious handling and the help of smartly nurtured word-of-mouth.

In  a World opens in limited release on August 9.

The Growing Popularity Of Audio Books, an art-form adaptable to new technology

audio booksWith the arrival of the Internet, broadband technologies, new compressed audio formats and portable media players, the popularity of audio books has increased significantly.

Due to the growing acceptance, people involved in this business are becoming more powerful. There is a huge demand for them, especially now that people use portable audio equipment on a regular basis. People can find audio books online,  download from  iTunes Audiobooks, libraries who offers audiobooks for free, and some other who like to buy audiobooks CD format.

Over the time, figures show released that downloads have greatly increased this market, a format that first achieved popularity with the invention of the cassette and extended beyond childhood the experience of being read to.

cc recProducing audio books consist of a narrator sitting in a recording booth reading the text, while a studio engineer and a director record and direct the performance. Audiobooks are distributed on  CDs, MP3 CDs, and downloadable digital formats.

The advent of the Internet has introduced powerful means of delivery, many titles are now available on-line for download on to computers, tablets, and phones, or one may listen to website audio streams without having to download anything.

They are considered a valuable learning tool because of their format. Unlike traditional ones or a video program, people can learn from an audiobook while doing other tasks, although it should be noted that this can detract from the primary task, assuming the learning is not the main activity. The most popular general use by adults is when driving an automobile or traveling with public transport, as an alternative to radio. Many people listen as well just to relax or as they drift off into sleep.

If your  production required to record audio books, at Elite Music Studios, we have the greatest voices in English, Spanish, Italian, German, among other languages to give live to your creativity.

 Reference: Wikipedia

A great tool for your voiceover business

The market opportunities for voiceover business have been expanded over the years. 4 years ago, audio producer Bob Merkel, created Voicezam, a voiceover demo player.

You can upload your demo to the Voicezam page, then the process will splits into pieces which can be played individually, you can email, post, send, and share out anywhere. 

It’s a player that encourages listeners to remain engaged until the very end, as a tool where every track has its moment to be heard” said Merkel.

As a member, you can have a lot of control over how the player looks, including the order, naming, and you can customize the player. 

First month is free, then you have a basic membership of $19.95.

Great application that you can have on your own. 




For further information visit: http://www.voicezam.com/public/mainpage.aspx

Voiceover Recording & Animated Films

The Croods is a 2013  3D  computer- animated film produced by DreamWorks.  It features the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, and Ryan Reynolds, among others. It was written and directed by Kirk DeMicco (Space Chimps) and Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon).

Nicolas Cage gets animated in the voice booth for the new family friendly adventure; Cage plays the father of a cave family forced to leave their home and head out on an incredible journey into the unknown. For their tale DeMicco  and Sanders  chased actor around the world for roughly three years to record his voice as Crood paterfamilias Grug.
Is interesting to know how the voice work is recorded. In most animated films the characters’ voices are recorded first, this gives the actors much more freedom to do what they want with the character voices rather than being restricted by the animation. 
This way can use the sound file and precisely match the animation to it, capture the actor’s performance in the animated character. Also, animators usually look at video of the voice actors recording their lines and use certain mannerisms, facial expressions etc, in the animation of those characters. Essentially, it isn’t just about doing the voices but also becoming part of the animated character. By the time the actor is performing, they have the storyboards worked out so that there is some sort of visual guide for everyone.
The film made $63.3 million internationally, including $16 million from overseas previews the weekend before for a worldwide  of $108 million. Most critics enjoyed the film, although a few reviewers groused that it failed to achieve the emotional high points of classic children’s movies like “Toy Story” and “Up.”


Live Radio Interview

Last week we had a great live interview with Professor Richard Daynard aired on Radio Boston,  hosted by Meghna Chakrabarti and Anthony Brooks.

Professor Daynard is at the forefront of an international movement to establish the legal responsibility of the tobacco industry for tobacco-induced death, disease and disability. He is president of the law school’s Public Health Advocacy Institute and chair of its Tobacco Products Liability Project. He has been the principal investigator in grants and contracts from the National Cancer Institute, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the American Legacy Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Simultaneous voice over recording

One of the core multimedia services is the precise dubbing of spoken audio content in video productions.  Dubbing is the post-production process, used in a video production, in which vocal recording occurs subsequent to the original recording stage; is widely used, is a more universal method of converting video productions for many markets.

With a wide listing of bilingual voice actors, Elite Music Studios have the experienced in recording foreign voices and replacing them in movies, TV series, marketing  & corporate videos, e-learning that could be useful  for any project.


This was a great session done at our studio for a corporate video.

Helping teens stop smoking.

 

Listo.gov when a disaster strikes

Our family may not be together when a disaster strikes so it is important to plan in advance: how we will get to a safe place; how we will contact one another; how we will get back together; and what we will do in different situations.

Ready.gov has made it simple to make a family emergency plan.

Elite Music Studios recorded the voices for the Spanish project Listo.gov  a production work done by Human Interest Films, LA.