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Commercial voiceover sample - a video!

There's always things that get pushed aside in favour of essential work but last week I decided NO MORE! Well, for this one specific thing. This specific thing is creating a video voiceover sample.

Shooting videos and editing (although fun) is not something I excel at, so the obvious route here was to find some stock footage. Pexels is a really good site where you can download high quality footage for free... and you don't even have to give credit. BUT DO. And donate.

Photo by Matheus Bertelli from Pexels

I wanted to do something in a style that's not on my voice over demos, firstly to push myself and expand my range and secondly and more obviously, so I've got more examples of my work out there. If you don't try something, how will you know if you can do it? And if you don't try it AGAIN, how will you know if you can get better?

Hunting round Pexels can really take you down some amazing paths - yoga on mountain tops overlooking the sea, Father Christmas (with an earring) doing his ironing - but I settled on some footage of a McLaren car. I've not got any automotive voice over clips on my reels but it made me think of a recent job I had for Lego and Le Mans. My mind started veering towards a particular tone.

I took a look at the McLaren commercial sales website to get some ideas for words they use to describe their cars. What I left with was a sense of raw power coupled with sleek and smooth designs.

The script formed from there.

Lucid, intense, visceral. To the limit and further. With McLaren.

The feeling I got from the cars and in turn, the script, cemented the decision on delivery style. My brief was confident British male voice over with a touch of cool.

So here is my first video voiceover sample, in the form of a TV commercial.

Credits: "StompDance" (​/) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 -​ Video by Taryn Elliott from Pexels -


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