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If you’ve watched or heard Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary, with its many first-person excerpts read aloud, you have a sense of the style of delivery: honest, conversational, not overly dramatic or showy but warm and full of emotion, paying attention to the language and where emphasis should fall in each sentence, letting the words breath, and making it sound as if the person speaking is across the room or even inside one’s head. Our uppermost goal is to make these voices from the past sound like real people talking to us today.
Because we have over 75 characters to cast for the media we are creating for this museum, we are bundling similar characters. Each role comprises 2-3 characters: more details are below in the sample script.
You must be able to record and deliver professional quality reads. A sample excerpt to record is below. The excerpts are short (most are in the range of 150-300 words), and depending on the number of lines, we are offering $75-150 per role.
If interested, please submit a sample by Friday Sept. 28. 2012-09-24 11:24:11 GMT 2012-09-28 11:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed 0 0 2 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 15 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
• Audio files must be delivered via FTP/Dropbox/Google Drive/cloud
“I stood trembling at the door of William Wright. I said I had been sent to him in search of employ. "Well," said he, "Come in and take thy breakfast, and get warm, and we will talk about it; thee must be cold without any coat." These words spoken by a stranger, but with such an air of simple sincerity and fatherly kindness, made an overwhelming impression upon my mind. They made me feel, in spite of all my fear and timidity, that I had, in the providence of God, found a friend and a home. From that day to this, whenever I discover the least disposition in my heart to disregard the wretched condition of any poor or distressed persons with whom I meet, I call to mind these words—‘Come in and take thy breakfast, and get warm.’ James Pennington.”
William Thompson was a member of Gettysburg’s free African-American community who enlisted in the U.S. Colored Troops to fight with the Union Army:
“July the 11, 1865. Dear friend, I take this opportunity of enclosing you a few lines informing you that I am well at present, hoping these few lines may find you enjoying good health. I am very sorry to inform you that your Brother George is dead. He was buried in the honors of war with the escort of eight men. The boys from Gettysburg all [sends] their love to you. Give my love to the inquiring friends and all the family. William A. Thompson.”
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