By Stephanie Ciccarelli
November 11, 2008
In a world where the absence of one man left a massive void, a door of opportunity has flung wide open, waiting for the next great voice to take their rightful place in movie trailer voice overs.
What some people may see as 72 days of unbridled chaos, others have perceived as a light in the darkness.
Is this a turning point for female voice actors?
Today, I broach this topic with delicacy and a sense of duty.
It has been just over 2 months since we lost the great, late Don LaFontaine, the undisputed and lovingly remembered king of voice over and movie trailers.
Before Don died, he was quoted as saying (I'm paraphrasing what I heard him say in person here), that he felt the time for women to record voice over in movie trailers was long overdue, referencing Melissa Disney as one of the finest, contending voices he had heard. Don also intimated that it was time for women to take on a more significant role in this industry and that he was all for their success.
Melissa Disney narrated the movie trailer voice over for Gone In Sixty Seconds (2000), an action film starring Nicolas Cage, Giovanni Ribisi, and Angelina Jolie. You can view the trailer here.
Disney has also narrated the theatrical trailers for Over the Hedge and An American Girl, and according to her biography shares in the winning of a Key Art Award for Best Trailer (Gone in Sixty Seconds) and has also won Best Voiceover in the Golden Trailer Awards for the Warner Bros. film, Valentine.
Largely, LaFontaine noted that it was the focus groups that have kept women out of movie trailer voice overs, and now that he and his signature voice are gone, others have started a dialogue speculating who might take his place, including most recently Variety.com.
Variety.com's article pointed out that the female voice, while not the booming baritone voices we are used to hearing as heralds of a movie's theatrical release, are quite versatile and can play up other emotions better than a male voice could such as sensuousness, for example, and may actually fare better in action films than any other genre.
Living in a world without Don LaFontaine, a lot of things have changed and as time continues to pass, we too must move along with it, and that includes the public discussion of this subject.
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this. I welcome the opinions of non-voice actors too as you represent the people who could be in these focus groups. Perhaps we should start one here?
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