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Time to put on your Producer's hat, please.

 
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Don G.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2005 12:23 pm    Post subject: Time to put on your Producer's hat, please. Reply with quote

Here's the scenario. Male narrator for a one hour documentary which will include a moderate amount of European names and locations (Austrian, German, etc.). Due to budget, scheduling and availability, your choices are as follows:



VO #1: Great, rich voice, fair interpretation of script, very comfortable with foreign pronunciation, but a good-sized ego who could be a p.i.a. to work with.



VO #2: Above average voice, very good script interpretation, acceptable foreign pronunciations, very easy to work with, and with a good amount of narrator experience.



VO #3: Decent voice, good interpretation of script, great with pronunciations, easy to work with, though not a "narrator" per se.



Just curious as to whom you would select, and why. (BTW, the project is done, so don't bother asking for the gig.) cool
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Charlie Channel
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2005 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Numero dos.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2005 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The prima donna. In the end, all that counts is what your client and the audience thinks. You're the producer. It'll be a session(s) you'll dread, but you're paid to put up with that chit. I've produced quite a few docs. Sometimes I voiced 'em, sometimes I had to go out of house. And I've put up with my share of mavens. Thing is, you think twice about usin' em again.



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Deirdre
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2005 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ego is manageable and won't show up in the finished product.

Moderate pronunciations won't fly.

The last guy would be OK for a College project.



I go for number 1.



I was a professional theater producer/director for nearly a decade and I can tell you that VO guys have nothing on actors for sociapthic attitudes.



You still cast the best actor for the job-- then direct traffic and put out fires.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2005 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd keep looking.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2005 6:15 pm    Post subject: Wha wha wha what? Reply with quote

Don, I never knew you thought I was a pain in the...oh wait, I didn't get that job :lol:
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

VO #2: Above average voice, very good script interpretation, acceptable foreign pronunciations, very easy to work with, and with a good amount of narrator experience.





Hmmm - Above average voice - what the heck does that mean!? If the client is happy with the basic sound of this voice and the guy does great script interpretation with acceptable foreign pronunciations - I don't see the problem here.



If the client WANTS the rich deep sound - then that's what the client should have.



But seriously, if you are VO #2, then you need to 'splain to me what you mean by above average voice - is that refering to your spot on the musical scale? VO #1 is a bass and you are a Tenor?



If you are trying to say that you don't think you are better than VO #1, then my personal opinion is that you need to start looking at yourself in the mirror in the morning telling yourself that you are worthy...you are worthy...



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