Documentaries Voice Over by Michael Kerns
Documentaries are informational programs that offer the audience a comprehensive and factual look into the topic being presented. Documentaries can have one of a variety of purposes in their delivery, and range in length from either a 30-minute television slot to a 2-hour full-length movie. Choosing the right voice actor for your documentary is essential to keep your audience engaged with your film.
Some documentaries are created to change or improve society, for example a feature about the food crisis. Others are created simply to entertain their audience, like a story about a local haunted house or local celebrity figure. Another type of documentary would be educational, for example a story about a former United States president or African animals.
As you can see, documentaries are an interesting genre with a potentially large variety of topics. These non-fiction pictures are often created by filmmakers because they want to release a particular story or viewpoint to the public that is lacking from mainstream media.
Traditionally, documentaries were often used in classroom settings as a way to reinforce lessons being taught to students. They were also popular on certain educational television channels. In recent years, their popularity has increased due to video streaming services like Netflix and social media platforms like YouTube.
The Importance of a Voice Actor in your Documentary
When a documentary is being created, a large amount of research goes into the project. Since it is a factual presentation of the topic is being featured, the director must immerse themselves into the subject matter and learn everything they can in preparation for the release of the documentary. One step of this process is to select a voice actor that will be perfect for the documentary’s audio element.
How to Create a Successful Documentary with Voice Actors
Voice artists who provide documentary services must fully understand the topic and content of the story they will be presenting. It is essential that the style and tone of their voice will match the feeling intended by the director for the documentary.
For example, the tone that a voice actor would use in a documentary about a Hollywood star would be much different than the tone used in a documentary about the Florida Everglades. Essentially, the documentary has two parts – audio and video – so an appropriate and engaging voice over talent is essential.
Why you Should Choose Michael Kerns
Voice actors providing audio for documentaries must speak clearly and confidently. Their tone should match the feel of whatever content is being presented, and their tone should be entertaining. As an experienced voice over talent in a variety of documentaries, Michael Kerns understands how to provide understandable narration that matches the tone of the shots being shown on screen.
Michael’s voice is easy to listen to for long periods of time, and thanks to his wide variety of experience in the voice artist industry, he is able to position himself as an authority on whatever topic is being presented. His storytelling skills will be sure to bring your documentary to the highest quality standards in the industry.
How Documentaries are Unique
Since many documentaries are generally longer than other voice over genres, the importance of having a voice actor that can hold the audience’s attention is perhaps more important than it is in other genres. Documentaries could be compared in style to eLearning, where it is also important to have a voice over talent who is able to engage the audience for long periods of time. Since a documentary is usually made up of either video or photography or a combination of both, the voice of the film is at the forefront. As you listen to his documentary demo, you can imagine yourself easily listening to the voice of Michael Kerns for the full length of a 120-minute documentary.