Yesterday I attended a workshop with Pat Fraley on TV and Film documentary voiceover. It was great instruction and I found out how different it is from audiobooks! Rather than continuous, the pace is broken up as the visuals are shown to the viewer. Another difference is that with audiobooks the voice is the sole focus, the only thing the listener has, but in documentary, the voice is secondary, or even tertiary, to the visuals and sound. There is little to no “up-speak” at the end of phrases, allowing the narrator to “own it.”
There was even a special guest, besides the two main teachers, Pat Fraley and Kay Bess, veteran of documentary voiceover. Scott Brick, who is basically the King of audiobooks in America, was in the class, and directed the last round of recordings! It was amazing, and a bit strange, to watch him work as a peer rather than a teacher, doing a style of voiceover so different from his normal field of expertise.
I’ll be getting a new demo from this class from the scripts we read, a documentary demo, which I’ll be posting as soon as Pat sends it. Stay tuned!