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"The Tale of Benjamin Sawyer" Wins Top Honours in the Rode Short Film Contest

By Lin Parkin

June 20, 2014

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Capture.JPGWhat happens when a talented narrator is paired with a poignant short film?

Pure magic.

I recently learned that a job cast through Voices.com won top honours in the Rode short film contest "My Rode Reel," taking home the Judges' Film Prize.

Everything about this film from the story, lighting, narration, silent performances, camera angles ... it came together in near Spielbergian perfection.

The film is produced by up-and-coming Director, Ronnie Bingaman, and was narrated by Voices.com talent member Stan Robinowitz.

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"The Tale of Benjamin Sawyer" is a moving story of a child outcast by his peers, and the meeting of an unlikely new friend. It is a story of loneliness, loss, and finding joy again.

On his film winning the top spot in the Rode Short Film Contest, producer/director Ronnie Bingaman told VOX Daily, "It honestly feels unreal to be awarded with The Judges Pick. Everyone who helped is still geeking out about it. There were so many amazing videos entered into this, so the fact that the Judges enjoyed ours that much just blows my mind. The main judge's panel are people that we all have been learning from for years. They are our video "Jedi masters" if you will. Just the fact that they watched our video was exciting to us and to have been chosen for this award is completely humbling."

As Bingaman's breakout short film the production was a family affair. "The fact that my family was so involved and supportive makes it that much more special to me. It's definitely something I will never forget and will honestly cherish for the rest of my life." Bingaman's grandfather (senior "Ben" in the film) was originally slated to provide the voice-over but came down with a cold the weekend they were slated to record. As it turned out, Voices.com member Stan Robinowitz was the perfect fit for the film.

"I really wanted to find someone that sounded as close to {my grandfather} as possible. The minute I listened to Stan's demos I was completely amazed by the tone and grit of his voice. He reminded me so much of my grandfather," says Bingaman." It was so surreal writing a script for the first time and then hearing Stan's audition. It felt so natural to have him be a part of this project. He was so fast to re-record pieces I had suggestions for. The whole process only took about 2.5 hours which also blew my mind. It was our pleasure to have him join us in this."

Robinowitz, who resides in Israel and first became a member of Voices.com in 2008, says he was "elated {to learn of} the win." Bingaman went straight to Voices.com to find his narrator after learning that many of the videographers and directors he follows used Voices.com to cast their voice-overs. "The narrators in their videos have always sounded so great, so that was my first place to look. It was such an easy process to get a project set up, working with the talent from the site, and even paying. It was a completely painless process. Needless to say, I will be using this site again in the future."

Watch "The Tale of Benjamin Sawyer" in its entirety below.

Related Topics: Casting, My Rode Reel, Narrator, Rode Microphones, Ronnie Bingaman, Short Film, Stan Robinowitz, The Tale of Benjamin Sawyer


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