Museum Multimedia Guide Male

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Museum Multimedia Guide Male 
******************************* seeks three narrators for its upcoming Art of the Americas Multimedia Guide, a lively and educational guide to the artwork for visitors.

Each of the three narrators will record short audio descriptions for 40-50 artworks. Each artwork has two or three sub-sections (usually an Intro, some history, and an artistic comparison), for a total of about 60-120 seconds for each artwork.

Voices should be pleasant, lively, entertaining but not distracting -- we need to enliven the scripts as much as possible to make them enjoyable to the listener while they are viewing the art.

Recording is to happen in August and early September (most in August). We are open to bids but will share our available budget as well.

Our ideal mix of narrators would likely be two men and one woman (we have more male artist segments to read than female), and perhaps one African American narrator. No obvious accents -- they should feel like average American voices.

Bids should reflect one recording session in your own studio, plus a pickup/correction session. MFA will provide pronunciations and direction before recording but does not need to be on the phone for the sessions (nice to have but not needed if pickup pass is available). Each narrator needs to deliver hi-quality edited WAV files for each artwork (not one long recording).

Poject budget is $4,000-5,000 per narrator depending on experience. Flat project fee with scope agreed upon in advance.
2010-08-04 11:57:21 GMT
2010-08-11 11:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) 
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Project Parameters

The Voice Actor should be located in:
Fixed - USD 4000 to USD 5000
40-50 short recordings of about one or two minutes each
English - USA and Canada
Middle Age Male
• Audio files must be delivered via email OR
• Audio files must be delivered via FTP/Dropbox/Google Drive/cloud
• Deliver edited and finished voice tracks
The Voice Actor should have at least 2 years of experience in the voice industry.
The voice seeker is willing to hire either union or non-union talents for this project

Script Details

(male voices to read this segment; female segment below) 
NARRATOR: When the Italian-born artist Joseph Stella settled in New York City, he lived in the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge. Here he’s painted it at night, with saturated tones and deep blacks. Listen to what Stella once wrote:

MALE VOICE: (almost breathlessly spoken)
For years I had been waiting for the joy of being capable to leap up to this subject—… BROOKLYN BRIDGE had become an obsession…

NARRATOR: All the fractured shapes give the painting the look of a stained glass window. It’s a fitting allusion, because the bridge’s massive piers are in the form of pointed Gothic arches. You see them receding at the center. All those lines crisscrossing the painting are the bridge’s enormous cables. Stella once described them as “divine messages from above.”

When it opened in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge was a marvel of its day; the longest suspension bridge in the world. Its Gothic arches were styled after the cathedrals of the Old World – the Europe that most immigrants, including Stella, had left behind…. combined with new materials – and the innovative engineering – of the New World. Then, as now, there’s a raised pedestrian walkway running the length of the bridge. We can imagine Stella himself enjoying the walkway’s unobstructed views of the city in all directions.


(female voices to read this segment)

NARRATOR: There’s a tenderness in the way those large hands support and grip the muscular torso. The figure in back – an angel – is depicted in the moment of drawing the fallen soldier up towards heaven. The bottom part of the sculpture is like an unbroken column, and as our eyes travel upwards, the open space above the angel’s head reads like a halo. Above that, the slender opening between his flame-like wings points towards the sky.

When the sculptor Walker Hancock was approached to create a World War Two memorial in 1946, he didn’t want to do it. The commission came from the Pennsylvania Railroad, to honor the more than thirteen hundred railroad employees who died in the war. The sculpture was for the main waiting area of the railroad’s flagship station, 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. Hancock was reluctant to take on the commission because it specifically called for a group of soldiers, with an angel – a horizontal vignette which Hancock thought would be overly sentimental. He eventually got this version of the design approved, however – an imposing vertical figure that harmonized with the station’s tall columns.

[ON SCREEN: memorial in situ]
On your screen is the full-scale sculpture in the station, three times the size of this version. It’s cast in bronze. 
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