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The narrator for these extracts should be interesting, engaging, arousing curiosity, like a good teacher would do. The bits themselves are intended to be a bit humorous, so your humor should shine through here! Also, since the pieces are for non-native students, they should be a little bit slower and more exaggerated.
Because this is self-funded I can afford only $100 total for the extracts ($50/each).
I need to have the two extracts in by Friday; probably only one good take is all that's needed; each extract is about 200 words. (full texts below) 2012-12-11 17:49:47 GMT 2012-12-15 14:00:00 (GMT -08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed 0 0 1 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 10 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
In 1977 we put a space probe called Voyager 2 into the solar system. The purpose was to make contact with aliens. In this space probe there was a record player and a record that was made especially for any extraterrestrials that may find our space probe.
This record contained numerous sounds that were supposed to represent humanity. The sounds included greetings in 55 human languages: ‘Bonjou. buongiorno, hello, guten Tag’ etcetera, as well as ‘hello’ in whale language. It included the sounds of a baby crying, a couple kissing, and 90 minutes of music from all over the world – a Mexican mariachi, panpipes from Peru, an American Indian chant, a Japanese shakuhachi piece, Beethoven, Mozart,
Louis Armstrong and Elvis Presley. It also had a message of peace read aloud by the Secretary General of the United Nations.
Anyway, I’d like you now to imagine that, one day, in a galaxy far, far away, an extraterrestrial finds Voyager 2. The extraterrestrial finds the record player and the record with the sounds and the message and the music, puts it on, and begins to listen. What happens next?
First there was Hollywood, then Bollywood in Bombay, India, and now there is Nollywood, one of Nigeria’s booming industries. The Nigerian film industry is the world’s third largest. The films themselves are not notable for their quality. They are low-budget films, with even lower-production values, but they are hugely popular in Africa.
The actors often learn their lines just a few minutes before filming starts. That is if filming starts. Power cuts are common in Nigeria and they cause delays of hours. Then there are the traffic jams, meaning actors and crew often arrive late. Then there is the noise. Street vendors are constantly walking by, shouting to the public to buy their goods. Film crews either have to pay them to walk a different route or hire armed police.
Around 2,000 films are made every year, mostly in the capital Lagos, and not for the cinema; instead, they go straight to video. The films are made cheaply and quickly. Most cost only 15–20 thousand dollars, and are finished in a couple of weeks. Then the censors get to work on them; the bad guys are never allowed to escape. If a criminal has a happy ending, it has to be re-filmed, that is if the actors haven’t already started work on another movie.
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