A Little Turkey Talk

Lisa Rice wrote this.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I can think of no better time to talk about what most Americans consider the main course. Turkey.

How are turkeys raised?
How are they handled?
How are they processed?
Is turkey safe to eat?

These questions are visually addressed below. Temple Grandin, an American Ph.D. of animal science, best-selling author, autistic activist, and animal behavior consultant guides the tour.

And if you haven’t seen the biopic on Temple’s life starring Claire Danes, do yourself a favor and watch it. Definitely worth your time.

Lastly, if you’re looking for a delicious way to prepare your Thanksgiving turkey, Sandra Lee’s Roasted Butter Herb Turkey tastes mighty fine.

Unseen

Lisa Rice wrote this.

Intentional/unintentional isolation.
Contrived smiles.
Golden handcuffs.
A dream come true.

These are just a few ways the unique but somewhat obscure world of voiceover can be described. In Molly Mahar’s documentary, Unseen, we’re allowed a peek into the lives of four top Hollywood voice over performers. They discuss the pros and cons of working in a private studio, the pressures of being in demand and on-call during unconventional hours, how facial expressions and physical gestures affect a read along with the fine art of disappearing audibly. Whether you hire voiceover talent, are working regularly as one or aspire to be one, this sixteen plus minute gem deserves a look.

Seize the Day

Lisa Rice wrote this.

Robin Williams…funny, one-of-a-kind, voice talent extraordinaire. How blessed we were to be inspired by his words and acting.

Happy Left Handed Day!

Lisa Rice wrote this.

Looking for a left handed voiceover? Hand raised here! My left hand that is. Something tells me the difference won’t be audible but be assured I clicked the mouse to edit the script that I placed on the copy stand after opening the door to my Whisper Room with my left hand.

Left handed, too? Enjoy!

Lefty’s Left Hand Store

Left Hand Advantages

Left vs. Right

Such a Tease

Word Crimes or Blurred Lines?

Lisa Rice wrote this.

My college minor was Journalism. I remember paper after paper sent back to me covered with red pencil corrections. So much so that I was sure my professors had it out for me. All these years later, it’s occurred to me they did. They had it out for me to learn and develop outside my comfort zone. Their goal was to take any raw talent they spied and develop it into something better. Those are the people that usually make a difference in our journey. Right?

In voiceover, I face grammar issues everyday. Voicing a well written script is a pleasure. The not so well written ones? I just hunker down and do the job. Sometimes that means searching for multiple places to take a breath within a fifty-plus word sentence or going back to my customer with a few suggestions on how the heavy laden piece of copy can be whittled down, rephrased, broken up or transmogrified. How many breaths did it take you to read that?

The scenario might have begun when a script that was originally meant for a reader-based audience failed to become viewer or listener-friendly. We don’t normally talk in a grammatically correct manner. Writing conversationally still requires the proper tense, pronouns and syntax but it needs finesse. Grammar lines get blurred.

Lin Parkin addressed this conundrum not long ago. Her article, Transforming Educational Text into Conversational Scripts arms audio/video script writers with suggestions such as using more contractions, simplifying sentences and actually reading through the script aloud. These hit the mark.

Decades ago, School House Rock familiarized pupils with adjectives, verbs, conjunctions and nouns. I’m certain those clever cartoons and songs came in handy for many test takers. Today’s audiences have a new teacher. Weird Al Yankovic chastises his grammar offending, texting-obsessed audience with another ingenious tune. Guilty? Hand raised here.

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