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

February 8, 2021 2:24 pm

Passive Aggressive Voiceover – AEOLUS Tyres

For this online ad, the concept was for the voice-over to be tough, a little cynical, tongue in cheek and to convey an attitude of “if you like wasting money, don’t buy these tyres!”. The passive/aggressive approach sometimes works in advertising – if done correctly – and, in this case, it apparently did…

February 8, 2021 11:01 am

Explainer Video Voiceover – SmartCharge

Every now and then, I’m offered the opportunity to stretch my vocal capabilities and deliver something other than a corporate, documentary, e-learning, or commercial narrative, such as I did for my client “Geotab” as the voice of both the “Smartcharge Homes” and “Wattson” characters in this amusing short presentation about EV (Electrical Vehicle) Charging. It’s an online explainer used on Geotab’s website to show and inform people using EV Charging how... View Article

October 5, 2020 1:32 pm

Goodbye Bristol…

…and hello to the county of Dorset! A lot’s been happening since my last blog, which is partly why it’s taken so long to get ‘round to writing this one and yes, some of the reason why is due, directly, to “The Virus”. Let me tell you a little tale… I was born and raised in the fair city of Bristol quite some time ago. When I was 13, my... View Article

August 24, 2020 9:17 am

My Mum…

On August 20, 2020, my Mum would’ve celebrated her 100th birthday (she passed in 2012). I often think of and miss my Mum (and others who have departed), and now that life’s moving on for me too, I find myself pondering what it was like for her, growing up during the 1920s, 30’s and 40’s, the War Years and so forth – and am glad she’s not around to have... View Article

July 7, 2020 9:55 am

Whatever happened to the first half of 2020?

So here we are, halfway through the first year of the 21st Century’s third decade and heading towards Christmas – and yet it feels to me like the year might as well be over. Even with the UK relaxing the lockdown restrictions somewhat, along with hundreds of thousands of others, it still feels like being in a strange/weird open detention centre… One in which you’re allowed to exercise and purchase... View Article

June 25, 2020 8:56 am

The Call of Mektoub – the adventure continues…

See the previous blog for more information about the wondrous journey of Mektoub and his friends. Essentially, eight chapters of the book have now been fully recorded and assembled, with Chapter Two available for viewing and listening to on both YouTube and Facebook via the following links: Whilst this is an amazing project to be involved with and working on right now (not only as a voice-over... View Article

June 5, 2020 2:59 pm

Mektoub – the adventure begins…

And so it’s halfway through the year 2020 – already! Welcome to the UK summer – the one during which we’re not really supposed to be going anywhere. And so, I’ve been occupying myself with something most wonderful, heartwarming and just plain nice in a time when things are, shall we say, less than positive! You may have already discovered and/or watched the prologue to “The Call of Mektoub” on... View Article

May 15, 2020 8:40 am

Consciousness abounding…

So this blog is a kind of almost stream of consciousness – or at least partly – but it’s also to do with something that I read recently, probably on social media – not preaching – just paraphrasing something that I read which, to me, personally anyway, helps put things into perspective during these very strange days indeed. So all credit to whoever it was, that posted this wherever it... View Article

April 28, 2020 6:30 am

The April that never was…

In April 2020, all across the land A simple thing like contact Between human folk Was banned!   The reason was a virus That blew in from the East, Infecting folk with fever, Upon their lungs to feast…   It kept us in our houses, Never to be seen, Except to buy provisions How we cursed Covid-19!   Allowed, one hour of freedom To exercise each day, And so we’d... View Article