Had an awesome 4 hour group session on medical narration lead by Julie Williams: VoiceOver Life Coach! Julie made the session fun, was extremely informative and I highly recommend this class if you have an interest in making this specialized narration a part of your bailiwick. She can help with other forms of narration, commercials, and can even produce a demo for you.
I’ll be in the booth this weekend during the second period of the Central Florida High School Hockey Association Championships. The opportunity arose thanks to John Batchelor, Vice President of the CFHSA, and the engine behind getting the Brevard County Rockets High School Hockey team up and running on all cylinders. He recommended me and I’m not going to let him down. I hope this may be a chance to announce full games in the 2016 Fall High School Hockey Season for BrightHouse.
Check out the Brevard Amateur Ice Hockey Association website: www.baihahockey.org
I just completed 15 hours of training with Marc Cashman in a group setting via a Skype-like connection. The experience was invaluable and I highly recommend the sessions. The class was made up primarily of intermediate to advanced voiceover talents. We all learned so many things together: commercials, narration, dialogues, character voices, timing, emphasis, and much more. Larry Hudson helped out on the technical side to make sure the sessions were running smoothly.
A link to Marc’s website is: http://www.cashmancommercials.com
I found out about these particular sessions via John Florian’s VoiceOver Xtra website: https://www.voiceoverxtra.com
Voiceover Talent, David Marcus Gibson joins the Experience Nirvana Productions team brought together by Maria Plass, Executive Director of The What Matters Most Show and Soulful Sunday Inspirations. Meet the other creative and talented members of the crew at the Experience Nirvana Productions website: http://www.experiencenirvana.com/team.html
In 2005, with the help of the then Executive Director of the YWCA of the Mohawk Valley, Denise Cavanaugh, and many volunteers from the organization (like Shelly Raiano and Mary Davidson) the first Riggiefest was put on at the Utica (NY) Auditorium.
The origin of the idea came from many one on one conversations with Denise. Our children went to the same daycare and we both had a penchant for arriving at the daycare right at closing or perhaps 5 minutes after. The daycare would fine for late pick up, so we’d cover for each other. Whomever got their first would sign the kids out, then they’d play in the empty parking lot together until the other parent showed up…usually within 5 minutes.
Denise and I would talk about community affairs in the Utica Mohawk Valley and ideas on how to try to fix things. I had an idea of how to generate funds for her ideas with the bonus of wanting to promote Central New York at a time that people were leaving, jobs were harder to come by, and economic development in an old manufacturing city was a hot topic.
I won’t go into the controversial history of the origin of Chicken Riggies, but there were some proud moments when Paula Deen and Rachael Ray each publicized recipes for the hugely popular dish in our hometown area. Rachael featured the making of the dish on one of her episodes.
Through five years, the YWCA of the Mohawk Valley netted over $100,000 in revenue to fund programs to stop domestic violence and racism. Denise was ahead of her time creating a forum for members of the community to discuss racial issues and opinions with the members of the Utica Police and Fire Departments. This was 10 years ago!!! Couldn’t Chicago and other cities model programs like this besides retraining individuals?
Anita Vitullo, owner of StaffWorks, Drs. Ankur Desai and Lauren Giustra, of Mohawk Valley Women’s Health, and the many volunteers from the YWCA deserve a ton of credit and respect for embracing the vision of the YWCA and the Riggiefest. The event couldn’t have thrived when it did without their funding dollars and elbow grease.
Anyway, there is so much more to say that perhaps I’ll pen more thoughts at a later time.
Joey, who is in fourth grade and still struggles with reading, his father Ethan-Il-Fabuloso, a street magician who can’t hold a steady job, and best friend Gloria who’s good at practically anything are out on a quest. At nine years old, Joey is way too grown-up for make believe. But when he agrees to participate just once more in a pretend adventure cooked up by his odd ball dad, he stumbles across a bizarre artifact that pits him against an unscrupulous foe…
Robbie Scott is clearly a talented author and knows how to write from a children’s perspective. He hits the nail on the head when he guides you into the subtle intricacies of the unfettered love a son has for his father which practically brought me to tears in chapter 6 of The Queen’s Sceptre. Read this book with your child. You may find yourself reading it a few times and catching something new each time.
Audiobook released August 1st! Great book to listen to on a road trip. The video games can go away for a little bit. 🙂
Last week I partnered with Motive Learning in Cocoa, Florida to voice a 12 minute finished corporate training video for ASIG, a division of BBA Aviation. Bryce Harrington was the engineer as Don Roberts was out of town. Karla Roberts provided great direction and is always tremendous to work with!! Quality work, quality product, happy customers!
If you are looking to have a corporate video produced check out: www.motivelearning.com
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Boy, oh, boy, these last few months have been a whirlwind with the scripts flowing in fast and furious! It looks like everything should be done by Thanksgiving as I’m expecting 10-15 more scripts to come in.
Another corporate marketing project for DRS Technologies being finished up with Lauritz Kjerulff, video editor and MORE, from Online Video Design, Inc. Check out: http://www.onlinevid.com/contact.html to see the other work from Online Video Design. They are experienced, knowledgable, and awesome to work with!
Living on the beach in Florida isn’t conducive to copper wire lasting and copper wire connections are not being installed, instead being favored for fiber-optic cable. So, I can’t be wired for ISDN, but I’ve had a local Clear Channel and Media radio station give me availability to its facility as long as I gave at least a 24 hour notice (although we had a situation recently where they were available on shorter notice). That being said, I’ve been hearing about the growing popularity of Source Connect Now as a borwser-based, studio quality alternative to ISDN. This is something I can work with. I’ve heard and read that there is a fight between Source Elements and ipDTL (which apparently uses the similar technology) for who will be the king of the mountain. That remains to be seen. In the meantime, I just want to be able to get live direction with the possibility of syncing with ProTools and/or Audition from my private studio.
A couple of subtle tweeks I’d like to do, but the biggest difference is getting the bass traps in. If you read online the opinions about WhisperRooms, you may find that “they are great if you can afford them, but once you get one you won’t like it because of it’s boxy sound”. Well, you already know that I bought the booth at a tremendous discount and I bought bass traps for half price off of Ebay. Yeah, I cut corners whenever I can. The bottom line is that there is a big difference before and after the bass traps are installed. A tip I learned from WhisperRoom had to do with using Velcro to attach the Auralex foam and the bass traps – 1) when applying the velcro to the Auralex, make sure to press hard, harder, REALLY HARD!!, DID I MENTION REALLY REALLY HARD?!!!, then 2) let the adhesive set for about 24 hours before affixing in the booth. The first time around half the panels fell to the floor with the Velcro pieces still hanging on the wall. The adhesive apprarently didn’t have a chance to settle.
It took a couple of weeks for the paperwork to go through, but we finally got started on the Employee Videos for UNC – Chapel Hill. In all, there should be more than 40 videos produced by Cheryl Coleman and On-Line Video Design inconnection with University personnel. This should take about 8-10 weeks to complete. I worked on two videos last night with a turnaround in less than 24 hours.
This past Sunday night I worked with Law Firm E-Learning out of Washington, DC on a training video voiceover. That’s right! There is a company that specializes in creating e-learning videos for large law firms around the country. Their website address is: www.lawfirmelearning.com. Take a look! The Founder, Steve Gluckman, has extensive experience in the e-learning field.
It was a great experience and we had great communication. They needed a quick turn around for the project and that’s what was delivered; read, edit, retakes, deliver files through Dropbox. I’m looking forward to working with Law Firm E-Learning again. Thanks, Steve!
Spent about an hour in the studio with Don Roberts, producer and owner of Motive Learning, adding some touch-ups on a Corporate Training Video geared toward winter weather safety for the BAA Aviation employees. Oh, does that mean that Christmas is around the corner?
Produced by Cheryl Coleman and Online Video. Great job, Cheryl!!!
VO by David M Gibson
David M Gibson has recently started working with Sand & Sea Investments to voice the walkthrough reads of selected properties. I hope there is an opportunity to post some of the work so you can see some of the properties, hear the VO work, and maybe you can find a home you didn’t expect to find. You can click on the Sand & Sea logo to go to their website and see what they have for you!
Another great job by Motive Learning engineering the audio on the voice over for Simplex Grinnell. Don and Bryce Rock!!