Talk:Voice-over

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Text from dup article[edit]

This was written for an article Voice-overs which is now a redirect. Incorporate anything into the current text if necessary:

This is a term in filmmaking and is used to describe the technique by which a filmmaker places the sound of a human voice or voices over images. These sounds may or may not be related to the images being shown. Sometimes voiceovers can create ironic counterpoint with the images being shown; sometimes also they can be random voices not directly connected to the people seen on the screen.

A narration is a typical voice over.

In the context of the film Every Day Except Christmas, the voice-overs are not synchronized with the mouth movements of the people speaking, which is the normal way we see and hear people on screen. (Seelip sync for other ways in which this works). Rather the voice-overs are segments of conversations from different places and different people who appear in the sequence we are seeing.

Experts, please contribute...[edit]

This article is poorly-written, IMO, and fails use proper film terminology (voice-over should be indicated as non-diagetic sound, for instance). It also skimps on examples; citing Detour and apparently Out of the Past would be a good start. Please help. Jonathan F 21:18, 7 May 2006 (UTC)

  • I agree, this article fails to cite sources and appears to be opinionated. For example:

Voice-over technique is likewise used to give voices and personalities to animated characters. The most noteworthy and versatile of whom include Mel Blanc, Don Messick and Daws Butler.

There's no source for this, how do I know this isn't just some Wikipedia editor's opinion and not widely regarded as truth? --Muna 05:41, 30 March 2007 (UTC)

All you have to do is go to the article and click on the actors know for VO's. It's Nancy Cartwright's that gives Bart Simpson his "Bartness", with out her it would just be images on the screen.


—Preceding unsigned comment added by Kielhofer (talkcontribs) 07:17, 28 October 2008 (UTC)

I agree and the reference to TV networks might be irrelevant as ALL radio and TV networks use voice overs not just those mentioned. I suggest a revision to this end.

Moreover there are several categories of voice overs additional to that which are mentioned. 1. Commercials for radio and TV 2. Continuity for radio and TV 3. Plays for Radio 4. Characters for TV and Radio programmes 5. Voice overs for website introductions or videos 6. Station sound voice overs who are employed to make up and create the sound of a radio station. Most of these are seperate types of voiceovers and thus I am not sure the article is as accurate and informative as it could be.

That said I am not going to start deleting stuff as I am new. — Preceding unsigned comment added by JasonBournes1 (talkcontribs) 07:22, 12 April 2011 (UTC)

List of TV Shows with Voice-overs??[edit]

I think this article would benefit from a list of current TV Shows using voiceovers as a prominent form of narration... Anyone willing to tackle this? On a side note I found this voice over guy that is able to do almost everything our agency gives him at a very affordable price Andfound815

Link spam[edit]

I'm concerned about the ad spam accumulating here and on Voice acting. Should it be removed? Sum0 19:21, 8 November 2006 (UTC)

It should and was. Now it's back. I'll remove it again! --Siobhan Hansa 13:49, 15 November 2006 (UTC)

Siobhan, I agree that we're all trying to fight link spam, however not every external link is spam. Vox Daily, for example is the industries most read blog and frequently links to articles within Wikipedia. The author's sole purpose is to discuss voice-over and how it relates to main stream media.

Similarly, Voices.com is the online marketplace where voice-over talents are hired. This is most relevant as it demonstrates the evolution of the industry from traditional hiring processes, to online procurement of services.

Thank you for your on-going support.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Interactivevoices (talk)

Please read our guidelines on external links. Persistent and unencyclopedic links are frequently considered spam even when they are promoted in good faith, and I apologize for using that term if I these links are not being promoted by people who have something to gain from their being here. But this isn't simply about fighting spam, this is about what is appropriate as an external link in a GFDL encyclopedia. For instance, an encyclopedic link that showed the evolution of the industry from traditional hiring practices to online procurement might be an article in Harvard Business Review, ideally we'd be quoting it as a source in the article itself. It's not a link to an online market place (which provides no encyclopedic information to our readers). Blogs are also generally considered unsuitable unless written by a particularly prominent specialist.
Of course these are only guidelines so if you think these links should stay can you explain what encyclopedic information a general reader find from visiting these sites? -- Siobhan Hansa 22:28, 9 January 2007 (UTC)
I also agree that Voices.com should not be listed here as it is a commercial enterprise and not encyclopedic in nature. Same applies to Voice123.com and similar "pay-to-play" websites.
However, "Vox Daily" which is hosted by Voices.com IS relevant here and encyclopedic in nature as it regularly publishes informative essays on the voice-over industry and noted individuals, and they sometimes include history involving voice-over as well.
Other sites and blogs which are not commercial in nature (even though they may be registered as a "dotcom") and I believe would be relevant in terms of encyclopedic content are as follows:
I propose that all of the above be added as external links.

Voiceroy (talk) 22:16, 31 January 2010 (UTC)Voiceroy

Housekeeping[edit]

Greetings! I have created a standard encyclopedic structure for this article, which will hopefully facilitate its continued growth and development. So be bold, and make your additions! Remember to WP:VERIFY your editing though, and approach them from a Wikipedia:Neutral point of view.

Please be likewise advised that use of this article for blatantly self-promotional purposes or for the purposes of advertising one's own voice-over talent is not appropriate (See Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons and Wikipedia:Notability (people)). As such, any material of this nature will be immediately deleted as Wikipedia:Conflict of interest.

Happy editing! - Wikiwag 09:36, 21 March 2007 (UTC)

I've just cleaned up the article's Prominent or iconic voice-over artists section by removing dead links, commercial links and links to artists of limited note. Please note that this section was never intended to be a section where every sometimes voiceover artist (e.g. a prominent live actor does occasional voiceovers), or VO pro who hangs out his-or-her own shingle could post portfolio links. Please show the proper respect to the likes of Mel Blanc, James Earl Jones, Hal Douglas, Don LaFontaine, Orson Welles, Morgan Freeman, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Daws Butler, Don Messick, and Paul Winchell.
They are your exemplars.
Frankly, if your only claim to notability is that you "have a distinctive voice" with anywhere from zero to a half-dozen credits to your name, then I regret to inform you that you are not in these people's company. - Wikiwag (blahblah...) 16:05, 24 December 2008 (UTC)

Promotion during closing credits[edit]

Local stations were rather prone to fading part of the closing theme audio for each television series episode in order to add their own local announcer voiceover; usually an announcement of what programmes were "coming up next". The use of these announcements within a television series to promote the next episode ("tune in next week for (whatever) - same bat time, same bat channel") was also taken to the point of cliché in some televised series. Should this pattern of self-promotion be mentioned? --66.102.80.212 (talk) 01:03, 2 February 2009 (UTC)

Translation during radio news broadcasts[edit]

I've noticed this often on networks like Radio-Canada; a news reporter would talk to someone who speaks a foreign language (such as American or Russian) and that interview would be broadcast on-air with the original foreign speaker's voice partially attenuated and replaced voice-over by the Canadian-language translation. For some countries the original voice would be (depending on the language) understandable or partially intelligible until the translators voice starts over top of the original audio. --66.102.80.212 (talk) 01:11, 2 February 2009 (UTC)