By Stephanie Ciccarelli
January 4, 2012
Are you fan of nature programs that zoom in on the lives of wild animals?
Who among us hasn't been drawn in by the warm, authoritative tones of Sir David Attenborough or James Earl Jones like a child sitting on their grandfather's knee listening to a story?
Join me in today's VOX Daily as we discuss the voices who've narrated the wonders of the world.
This past week our family has been watching a lot of material narrated by Sir David Frederick Attenborough, namely a six-disc collector's set from BBC called "Life." David Attenborough's is a voice that you can hear narrating thoughts about the world around you even when he's not speaking. Now that's mental real estate!
Attenborough (b. 1926), British broadcaster and naturalist, has been writing and presenting natural history programming on BBC for over 50 years. To say that he has the market cornered in this area is an understatement.
Other great narrators where nature is concerned are James Earl Jones (b. 1931) and Morgan Freeman (b. 1937). The work Jones did on Disney's Earth (2009) was absolutely majestic. Other celebrity narrators in this niche include, but are not limited to, Sigourney Weaver who narrated the Discovery Channel's "Planet Earth" series and Pierce Brosnan who narrated Discovery Channel's series, "Blue Planet."
Scenes depicting life in the wild remind us of what a wonderful and dangerous world we live in. Brave souls behind the camera sacrifice life and limb to bring us moving images that tell stories of incomparable beauty and awe without compromising the integrity of what they are filming.
Waiting for the perfect shot for days on end, stretching milliseconds into tangible moments and spectacular time lapse sequences give us more than just a glimpse into the miracle we call life. This art form takes patience, skill and passion. A storyteller's respect for nature and their love projected through the lens of the camera affords viewers a greater appreciation and understanding of the world around us.
One of my favourite quotes comes from Dr. Vance Havner, who observed, "God made the country and man made the town - and you certainly can see the difference."
The imagery itself presented in documentaries about the natural world speaks volumes. Well-crafted narrative and spoken word storytelling serves as icing on the cake, but what a lovely icing it is!
If you have a favourite narrator regarding nature documentaries and series, I'd love to hear from you! Also, if you have narrated similar material, be sure to share what you've worked on and what about it most appealed to you.
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