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(BBC)   In a world ... in which movie trailers are narrated only by baritones ... can a new voice find success? Especially if that voice belongs to *record scratch* a woman?   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 77
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2012-03-06 09:03:56 PM
If so, I hope it's not this obnoxious Carly Simon lookalike. I wanted to slap all 72 teeth out of her mouth.

There will never be another Don LaFontaine.

/except maybe pablo francisco
 
2012-03-06 09:47:26 PM
It's a movie, not a tampon commercial. Jeez.
 
2012-03-06 09:48:14 PM
That link saddens me. Now I will have to avoid BBC links.

I don't like places that auto run video w/o my permission.
 
2012-03-06 09:53:59 PM
They show a clip of the Summer Glau movie, but then never mention it again?
 
2012-03-06 09:56:59 PM
Sigourney Weaver has voiced some nature-type specials and her voice had the right blend of lightness and authority.
 
2012-03-06 09:57:44 PM
What's the line between sexism and human psychological response? Pretty sure the male voice is what crosses the gender boundary as far as "authority." It's a question of sound frequencies, not genitals.

However, games have Glados and Cortana and Fem Shep, just to name a few. All characters that have represented their respective properties. But then, their authority is provided by their roles in the game worlds, so it might be a cheat around the existing harmonic bias.
 
2012-03-06 10:01:09 PM
As if the Z-grade lunacy that will be Piranha 3DD would somehow be elevated with an announcer of either sex.....Laughable.
 
2012-03-06 10:04:18 PM

Contents Under Pressure: Sigourney Weaver has voiced some nature-type specials and her voice had the right blend of lightness and authority.


And Oprah was a disaster.
 
2012-03-06 10:10:11 PM
Nice headline, subs. I guffawed on the inside.
 
2012-03-06 10:15:19 PM
Yes baby, you have more range than you know.
 
2012-03-06 10:17:15 PM
Woah, feedback.

All right, let's try this. This is the voiceover for 'The Comedian', movie trailer. Take one.

In a world where laughter was king...

Uh, no 'in a world', Jack.

What do you mean, no 'in a world'?

It's not that kind of movie.

Oh? Okay. In a land that...

No 'in a land' either.

In a time...

Nah. I don't think so.

In a land before time...

It's about a comedian, Jack.

One man...

No.

When your life is no longer your own...

What does that mean?

When everything you know is wrong...

That's wrong.

In an outpost...

Nah.

On the edge of space...

What's with space?

A girl...

No.

Two girls...

No.

Now !

No.

More than ever...

Stop it.

A renegade cop...

I hate you.

A robot renegade cop...

You're fired.

You're fired.

No, you're actually fired.

I'm fired.

Get out of the booth, Jack

No, I like it in here.

/ Hal Douglas FTW
 
2012-03-06 10:19:08 PM
I'd classify Judi Dench's voice as "authoritative," along with Cate Blanchett's. And you'd hop to if Maggie Smith told you to do something.
 
2012-03-06 10:19:30 PM
No. Next question.
 
2012-03-06 10:19:54 PM

MaxxLarge: There will never be another Don LaFontaine.


i.qkme.me
 
2012-03-06 10:20:18 PM
So they had a female do the voice over, then added special effects to her voice. I'm not knowledgeable enough in the field to know specifics, but there sounded to be some reverb /echoing added to make her voice different.

Pretty much summed up for me why they don't get the parts...

"Ok, use her voice, then completely change it to make it something else."
"Uh, boss, why don't we just find the right person?"
"But did you hear her? She did the squeaky voice!"
 
2012-03-06 10:38:49 PM
"and a style, all their own."
 
2012-03-06 10:40:55 PM
nope, for the same reason I can't stand listening to college football with a woman announcer. just doesn't work for me.
 
2012-03-06 10:44:12 PM
Marina Sirtis could do it.
 
2012-03-06 10:50:18 PM
I remember when the Giants got a female announcer. It was a little jarring the first time I heard it, but I got used to it.
 
2012-03-06 10:51:53 PM

fozziewazzi: Contents Under Pressure: Sigourney Weaver has voiced some nature-type specials and her voice had the right blend of lightness and authority.

And Oprah was a disaster.


They were both in miserable US cable bastardizations of attenborough's bbc specials, and should never be mentioned again. Harumph. Good day, sirs.
 
2012-03-06 11:07:03 PM
I think "in a world" has been replaced by "every ____ has a beginning (or end)...".
 
2012-03-06 11:12:19 PM
James Earl Jones should do trailers.
 
2012-03-06 11:28:03 PM

fozziewazzi: Contents Under Pressure: Sigourney Weaver has voiced some nature-type specials and her voice had the right blend of lightness and authority.

And Oprah was a disaster.


This. WTF is wrong with David Attenborough? I'm sure he didn't do any of the stupid anthropomorphizing she did. "Look how far the snail has had to crawl, he must be SO tired." Don't do that O, animals hate it.
 
2012-03-06 11:29:36 PM
Jennifer Hale or Claudia Black, please.
 
2012-03-06 11:34:23 PM

fearthebunnyman: Marina Sirtis could do it.



Oh lawd. I'd spend more time trying to stifle my,er,enthusiasm than anything else.
 
2012-03-06 11:43:51 PM
Just doesn't work with a female unless maybe it's a female movie, or I could possibly see the Resident Evil movies done by the girl who did the Umbrella Corp. voice...just too few and far between.

And thanks MaxxLarge and Tax Boy, now everything I read the rest of the night will be in his voice!
 
2012-03-06 11:48:20 PM

Apos: fearthebunnyman: Marina Sirtis could do it.


Oh lawd. I'd spend more time trying to stifle my,er,enthusiasm than anything else.


Enthusiasms. Plural.
m0.mattters.com
 
2012-03-06 11:52:27 PM

Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: I'd classify Judi Dench's voice as "authoritative," along with Cate Blanchett's. And you'd hop to if Maggie Smith told you to do something.


Judi Dench was the first one I thought of as well.

/Can't find a Youtube of her Chronicles of Riddick opening :(
 
2012-03-06 11:53:12 PM
I vill not vatch this trailer, it is scratched
 
2012-03-06 11:55:59 PM
Is she a baritone?

You want a woman with a nice deep voice. And chest hair.
 
2012-03-07 12:04:19 AM

Mugato: I think "in a world" has been replaced by "every ____ has a beginning (or end)...".


From the Studio that brought you X...

That's the laziest, most worthless plug of all time. The STUDIO? The studio screws up the movies.
/and yes, Cate Blanchett and Sigorney Weaver could narrate trailers.
 
2012-03-07 12:17:53 AM

Tax Boy: MaxxLarge: There will never be another Don LaFontaine.

[i.qkme.me image 490x327]


Good news folks, I got the Professor on that one.
 
2012-03-07 12:19:02 AM
Vid is farked, I blame the women.
 
2012-03-07 12:21:47 AM

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: James Earl Jones should do trailers.


Harrison Ford gave it a shot. If it sounds odd, he's probably trying to imitate a 1940s announcer per Lucas' wishes.
 
2012-03-07 12:29:25 AM
Meh ... much is wrong with movie trailers. How about fixing some of these:

- Giving away the entire plot.
- Showing the ending.
- Showing scenes that are not in the theatrical release.
- Putting all the funny parts in the trailer.
- Putting all the badass stunts in the trailer.
- Making the movie look like a different movie.
- Using other movies' soundtracks.
- Editing them all alike, ie 2 minutes of setup, 30 seconds of craziness, title card, tag.
- Endless other clichés ...

The best promos for movies are done on pay cable networks where they give you a short scene. You get a sense of the characters, the pacing, cinematography, direction, etc, and leave you wanting to know that the movie is about.
 
2012-03-07 12:41:06 AM

Lernaeus: - Giving away the entire plot.


So true. That and putting the movie's big reveal/twist in the trailer, like the first Pirates of the Caribbean or that recent(ish) Terminator movie. WTmotherFing hell are they thinking when they do that crap?
 
2012-03-07 12:44:42 AM

fusillade762: fozziewazzi: Contents Under Pressure: Sigourney Weaver has voiced some nature-type specials and her voice had the right blend of lightness and authority.

And Oprah was a disaster.

This. WTF is wrong with David Attenborough? I'm sure he didn't do any of the stupid anthropomorphizing she did. "Look how far the snail has had to crawl, he must be SO tired." Don't do that O, animals hate it.


Damn straight. Thank god Netflix has plenty of Attenburough to make up for that Oprah sillines.

(Holy crap, I just got a Blu-Ray player....I can finally get Life and Planet Earth for the wife.)
 
2012-03-07 12:53:12 AM
It's pretty sad to think that someone would hear a trailer and get hung up on the sex of the voice actor.

That said, if the female's voice is a deep contralto, one might not be able to tell.

/can sing D below middle C
//when warmed up
 
2012-03-07 12:55:10 AM

walstib: Woah, feedback.

words...


You made me think of this (pops)
 
2012-03-07 01:03:28 AM
Hmm....heard one time the voice of the computer on fighter planes were women's voices, because men listen to women or pay attention to a woman's voice more quickly. Could be complete BS however.
 
2012-03-07 01:08:47 AM
Hey... I know what this thread is missing:

http://youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=%2F&gl=US#/watch?v=JQRtuxdfQHw

I'm fine with women doing voice over work for trailers. It probably will take getting used to, but they might be more effective in the right circumstances for all we know.

Either way, I can dig it.
 
2012-03-07 01:50:37 AM

Homertron: Hmm....heard one time the voice of the computer on fighter planes were women's voices, because men listen to women or pay attention to a woman's voice more quickly. Could be complete BS however.


Maybe they got Majel Barrett to do the voice.
 
2012-03-07 02:19:46 AM

FunkOut: Homertron: Hmm....heard one time the voice of the computer on fighter planes were women's voices, because men listen to women or pay attention to a woman's voice more quickly. Could be complete BS however.

Maybe they got Majel Barrett to do the voice.


Nah. They got CORA from the original Battlestar Galactica.
 
2012-03-07 02:29:02 AM
Thanks, subby...I narrated that headline in Don LaFontaine's voice...ass!

+1
 
2012-03-07 03:45:14 AM
I've noticed most movie trailers nowadays not using voiceovers at all.
 
2012-03-07 04:11:50 AM
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2012-03-07 04:38:41 AM

Lady Beryl Ersatz-Wendigo: I'd classify Judi Dench's voice as "authoritative," along with Cate Blanchett's. And you'd hop to if Maggie Smith told you to do something.


Yes please.

prettygirls.bloggero.com


/hot
 
2012-03-07 04:54:45 AM
Louise Thigpen would be a good voice.

She was the DJ in The Warriors and the biatchy woman in Lean on Me (and the detective chief in the Carmen Sandiego kids game show). She has the right type of sultryness delivered from a position of power and authority.

Women who do trailers shouldn't try to do them like the guys, with the baritone n everything. They must find their own ways to be evocative, and there's all sorts of ways to do that without needing to channel Don Lafontaine.
 
2012-03-07 05:39:16 AM
 
2012-03-07 06:02:41 AM

Lernaeus: Meh ... much is wrong with movie trailers. How about fixing some of these:

- Giving away the entire plot.
- Showing the ending.
- Showing scenes that are not in the theatrical release.
- Putting all the funny parts in the trailer.
- Putting all the badass stunts in the trailer.
- Making the movie look like a different movie.
- Using other movies' soundtracks.
- Editing them all alike, ie 2 minutes of setup, 30 seconds of craziness, title card, tag.
- Endless other clichés ...

The best promos for movies are done on pay cable networks where they give you a short scene. You get a sense of the characters, the pacing, cinematography, direction, etc, and leave you wanting to know that the movie is about.


The worst is when you're watching a trailer and the character says some "witty" line that you KNOW they just put in the script so that it could be put in the trailer.
 
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