Sunday
Sep012013

Movie review, “In a World”

Most fiction writers hope that one day their words will be  transformed into celluloid. It’s kind of a secret ambition we all harbor. Most of us imagine the scenes we write in our mind. Sometimes, we even visualize a trailer. And that’s when you hear the voice. That magic voice that evokes so much emotion that people can’t wait to see your film.

 For over 20 years one of those voices was so exceptional that three words became a trademark. The words were, “In a World.” The man who immortalized those words was Don Lafontaine. He personified the epic motion picture, and most of you are probably familiar with his work. What you may not know is behind that voice lies a very tight community, and it is an exceptionally difficult community to crack. In fact, less than five people made most of the money in that industry when Don was alive. It’s really not much better today.

“In a World,” the film, delves into that magical world of the voiceover artist. It chronicles the attempt of a young woman who is attempting to break into a profession dominated by men. In that world, talent is not the only consideration. The storyline is, the industry is about to pick someone to reinvent the immortal phrase  “In a World” to launch an epic series. Several artists are competing for the honor of being the successor to the great Don Lafontaine. The subplot focuses on a variety of equally compelling family relationships, with just a hint of romance thrown in. The movie was written and directed by Lake Bell,  who does an exceptional job for a first-time director. The film also has a talented supporting cast including, Fred Melamed, Rob Corddry, Demetri Martin , Michaela Watkins , Ken Marino, Nick Offerman, and  Alexandra Holden, who  for me, turned in the most  surprising performance of the film.  Here is a short preview. 

I actually enjoyed this movie. Probably, because I enjoy working with voiceover artists. In my opinion, they are gifted actors, true artists capable of  eliciting emotions from the listener. I thought the film did a  fantastic  job of explaining that. But I also  had a selfish reason to enjoy the film, because, I actually had the opportunity to work with the great  Don Lafontaine. When I wrote my first book, “Patterson’s View,” I knew he had to be the voice for my trailer. For those of you who have never heard him, listen to this.

 

If that voice made you want to read the book it happens to be available, over The Labor Day weekend, for free, on Amazon Kindle. Just go to this link.

If you do download the book, it will be largely due to the efforts of the voice over artist. That’s how important they are. That’s why they matter, and why their talent cannot be overlooked.

 At least that’s the way I see it:

 Through a writer’s eyes,

Cliff

 

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