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Observations, musings and rubbish from the mind of an IVO (International Voice Over)

July 5, 2023 2:01 pm

Ai, cloning and the whole darn thing…

A long time ago, in February 2003, I was booked, through a recording studio, to participate in a number of VoiceOver sessions spanning several days for IBM (International Business Machines – the irony of that last word will become apparent). 20 years on, in April 2023, a client I only occasionally work for in the UK, sent a message and a link to a website I’d never heard of before,... View Article

December 28, 2022 8:48 am

How a voice-over/actor wraps up a very ‘interesting’ year…

Given it’s the year-end/start of a new one (and my birthday – today!), my SEO guy said that maybe I should write something to keep the bots and meta-thingys talking nicely to each other, Google and the entire world wide web, favourably, on my behalf. For this, I’m told, is how it’s done in SEO-Land. The thing is, if I were to write declaring what a great year it’s been,... View Article

November 23, 2022 9:24 am

An AudioBook for Christmas anyone?

As 2022 draws to a close, so does something I’ve been working on for the past few years. In 2008, author Helen S Michaelsen began writing what was to become a 73,000-word original Christmas tale, inspired by a book and some of the characters therein, which was written in the 1930s. Helen’s novel was published as an eBook several years ago but, as happens sometimes, the platform where it resided... View Article

June 16, 2022 10:50 am

European Space Agency

European Space Agency – Narrative: an interesting clip relating to satellite navigation for shipping safety, beginning with a “what if…” scenario based on the premise of what might have happened if the Titanic had help from satellites. Lovely footage and graphics. Always pleased to be the voice of a production with high-quality visuals and a well-written script. The approach I used was more of an informative narration, in some respect,... View Article

June 16, 2022 9:36 am

Satt Nord

Satt Nord – Acoustweezers: sometimes, I voice a script for something which I have little or no idea as to what I’m talking about. This is a classic example! I’m often given text to voice (usually in a fairly ‘measured’ and quite slow-talking way) which is highly complex, particularly with respect to the terminology used. All I really knew about this was that the client was Satt Nord, a French... View Article

June 16, 2022 8:02 am

Ukraine War euronews Promo

Ukraine – Promo: this is a short promo for the Euronews network which I was pleased to be the voice of when the situation began unfolding between Ukraine and Russia. To promote something journalistic from an unfiltered, unbiased and fact-based perspective – having been a journalist in a previous life – was refreshing, especially given the extreme circumstances. The trailer promo is quite hard-hitting, short and not so sweet. More... View Article

June 16, 2022 6:56 am

Klaus – Customer Service Quality Assurance Software

Klaus: This is another in a series of videos I’ve voiced over the past year or so which all relate to the theme of “Customer Service Quality Assurance”. The puns are wonderful! But the message comes across in a humorous yet informative way so as to keep the viewer’s attention whilst engaging with something which is useful and which most people in business strive for in the 21st Century. VoiceOver... View Article

August 9, 2021 9:49 am

United Heavy Industries

United Heavy Industries – a very technologically driven voice-over put together by OD Media, providing, for the client “a video that showcases steel manufacturing and the uses of steel which their company focusses on. [OD Media] worked extensively with the team to source the correct footage, drawing on a large stock library and sourcing an international voice over artist based in the UK” – that’s me!

August 9, 2021 8:22 am

Smartlog Maasvlakte

Smartlog Maasvlakte – to quote from the website’s written introduction, this voice-over talks about the fact that “Smartlog Maasvlakte is located at the Distripark Maasvlakte West. In the immediate vicinity is Europe’s largest container hub with state-of-the-art deep-sea, barge and rail terminals and container depots. The strong Rotterdam chemical and freezer clusters are also nearby. Distripark Maasvlakte West has excellent connections to the European hinterland via high-frequency multimodal connections”. Often, I... View Article

August 5, 2021 10:12 am

KPN Talpa Network

KPN & The Talpa Network, Netherlands – an interesting voice-over for a video which sets out to explain “Targeted Television Advertising”. The subject matter contains information as to how data-driven digital targeting works, referring to how often a specific ad can be ‘served’ to a specific audience in a specific context. Ultimately, delivering the right advertisement to the right household at the right time. 21st technology becomes more and more... View Article