Week Four: Performance
Re-record your news script:
Reflect upon your new recording:
The biggest difference between my news reading in week one and week four is my inflection. Listening to news readers and marking out where they use inflection helped decide what words to emphasize and when (Ames 2016).
Another difference is confidence, in week four I read the news reading with hardly any errors, as opposed to week one when I had minimal confidence in my public speaking. What is also evident is the tone of my voice, week four is clearer and has a richer tone.
What I also noticed is that both recordings are the same length, (2 minutes and 13 seconds). Week four has less awkward silences between words, making time up by elongating the pronunciation of certain words.
I added an element of performance by remembering all of the news readings I have heard. I practiced this performance in the car on my way to work/university, copying exactly what the news reader said with the same inflection and tone.
Watch In a World (2013).
Lake Bell’s 2013 film ‘In a world’ is a breath of air, exposing the journey from underachieving voice coach to new ‘It’ girl of the voice over community, with many setbacks along the way.
Bell plays Carol, an eccentric character who takes on the current chauvinistic voice-over industry. Carol’s odd behaviour (namely; recording different people’s accents while walking behind them) and charm are amusing to watch. She is the daughter of a well-known voice over artist, working as a dialect coach that helps actor’s master different accents.
Carol dreams of doing voice overs for Hollywood trailers. She is given a huge break when she is cast for a battle of the voices like audition. Throughout the film Carol uses techniques such as rolling her lips like a motor, pointing north, south, east west whilst saying it with her tongue, to warm up her mouth. She gargles fizzy drinks and alcohol to warm up her vocal chords and other bizarre techniques like putting a cork in her mouth to round out a cockney accent (Meerschman et al. 2015). All whilst using drama to perform.
By empowering women to speak with their best voice and claiming death to adult baby talk, this film is an unexpected uplifting movie.
Ames, K 2016, COMM12033, Speech & Script: Performance, CQU, Rockhampton, accessed 27 March 2016, https://moodle.cqu.edu.au/pluginfile.php/293232/mod_resource/content/6/COMM12033_Week4_Mod.pdf
Meerschman, I, Bettens, K, Dejagere, S,Tetaert, L, D’haeseleer, E, Claeys, S &Van Lierde, K, 2015, ‘Effect of Two Isolated Vocal-facilitating Techniques Chant Talk and Pitch Inflections on the Phonation of Female Speech-language Pathology Students: A Pilot Study’, Journal of Voice, vol. 3, no. 25, pp.34-36