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Where Is Movie Trailer Voice-Over Going?


By Stephanie Ciccarelli

April 18, 2012

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Don LaFontaine holding a microphone in his left hand, microphone cable draped over his left ear.Where do you think movie trailer voice-over is headed?

Although people are still trying to imitate Don LaFontaine's voice and signature style, there are rumblings that trailer VO might be experiencing some changes.

What have you heard lately? Is there a new trend we should be paying attention to?

Join the discussion in today's VOX Daily.

In A World...

14 year old Jake Foushee is one of the most recent YouTube phenomenons to grace the social stage online. His video has been viewed over 300,000 times since it was uploaded on February 23rd, 2012 and has amassed over 4,500 Likes.

As is common to many voice actors, Jake has been inspired by the late Don LaFontaine. Having grown up with "the voice of the movies," Jake has studied Don's delivery and is giving the DLF voice a try.

The video runs for about 30 seconds. Take a listen and let me know what you think.

With so many people trying to sound like Don and how deeply imprinted his voice is in our minds, it can be difficult to imagine the traditional style he authored changing any time soon. That being said, Don's passing has opened the door for change and new voices complete with different styles and interpretations will find their way into this niche of voice-over.

Is The Voice Of The Movies Changing?

Regardless of where trailer is headed, young Jake here has great potential as a voice-over artist and I commend his efforts to develop his talent and seek feedback.

His performance and style aside, have you been noticing anything different about today's movie trailer voices? If so, I'd love to hear from you!

Best wishes,


Related Topics: YouTube


    I'll have to say, the kid is pretty good. It's going to take forever and a day to reduce the influence of DLF in movie trailers. He set the "tone" for such, for so many years. I personally miss him, but we must move on. Those that try to emulate him today, sound silly to me. Why can't voice actors just be themselves, and maybe start a new trend in advertising movies. Before DLF, somebody was a success at it.

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      I've been doing Indie film trailers from Don LaFontaine to Don Pardo types and even straight up and Shakespearean deliveries...quite a mix needed out there and that's just Boston and CT.

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      • Marc Bode
      • April 19, 2012 10:31 AM

        Trends: Need older male every day voices like mine :)

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        • Paul Ranelli
        • April 19, 2012 10:32 AM

          It's a start. Jake certainly has a unique voice for a 14 year old. Here's where the issue is. If you do an imitation--it's just that.
          Don was a one of a kind performer. Don also had the keen ability to understand the copy emotionally, be it, act it, and knock it out of the ball park. What seemed to most people to be just a "announcer voice", was a class-unto-himself voice actor.
          Jake has to learn to be himself. He has to learn that his own skill set is what he's going to be judged on. Getting the rhythm of the so-called movie trailer voice is just one piece of the big picture.

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          • Mary Ostrow
          • April 19, 2012 12:23 PM

            Fantastic voices in the past, present and I'm sure to come in the future. The reality is that everything changes and eventually a newly discovered, or uncovered genre of voice-over will replace our current "Paradigm". Reflect back on the changes that have occurred in the industry in just the last 30 to 40 years. What do the next 30 to 40 years have in store? One certain answer is...more change!

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            • Brent
            • April 19, 2012 1:09 PM

              In any time or age or generation, there are great voices and they deserve to be showcased where they can have maximum impact. I'm happy for the 'every guy' voices and the big demand for natural, next door voice-overs, but a HUGE voice, especially on a movie trailer knocks me on my backside every time. Big pipes still rock!

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                Most of the comments about 14 year old Jake miss the point. Aside from the fact that he is blessed with a great voice...at 14..or even at 24, when you start you emulate others. With time and training you eventually find YOUR unique voiceprint, YOUR unique style. The kid has a voice and obviously a good EAR too. Give him TIME!

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