An interesting look into the role of voiceovers in film.
The most irritating thing about The Great Gatsby (which I mostly enjoyed) was Tobey Maguire’s voice-over. “He had the kind of smile that seemed to believe you, and understand you as you wanted to be believed and understood,” says Tobey over a shot of Leonardo DiCaprio giving us exactly that kind of smile. And then, later, “Gatsby looked in that moment as if he had killed a man,” Tobey says over an image of DiCaprio looking – yes! – exactly like someone who had killed a man.
As the popular screenwriting slogan has it, “Show – don’t tell.” Just because the story is told from one character’s point of view doesn’t mean you have to hear that character’s voice blathering in your ear all the time – look at Chinatown. Voice-over narration is pointless when it’s adding nothing to what we can already see for ourselves, but it does have its uses.
Tom Rohe used to speak for a living. Now he hopes that doctors will give him back his voice.
It’s been a little more than a year since I last communicated with Rohe, the former commercial voice-over artist whose bizarre and painful saga began in late 2009 after a wisdom tooth extraction. Soon after the surgery his jaw suddenly began to click. Then, without warning, his voice began to slur. The muscles in his face took on the appearance of a person who had had a stroke. By July 2010, he could barely speak at all.
Emmy-winning animator Ryan Quincy has always dreamed of having his own show. During the decade and a half he spent working his way up to animation director for South Park, he spent his hiatuses creating a world entirely his own, inhabited by hairy but harmless creatures just trying to sort out the difficulties of adolescence.
Lucy Fleming, the great Ian Fleming’s niece, discusses releasing the James Bond series as audiobooks. I’m going to have to check out some of them!
excerpt: Did you have any preferences or say on who should read the audiobooks?
Yes. It was almost like casting each book individually. I worked closely with the director matching voices and characters with the stars…and then being patient until these very busy actors had enough time for us. Then having a great time in the studio hearing Ian’s words brought stunningly to life.
Just a quick write-up on my experience with a Google Redirect Virus. When I was hit with the virus, or at least when it kicked in, my browser window closed down by itself. Then multiple (20+) identical error messages filled my screen. The computer went into a scan which I assumed was part of the virus itself since it asked that I purchase a fix. I shut down the scan box and the error messages once again flooded my screen. I tried virus scans using McAfee, which didn’t catch it to begin with, Malwarebytes and Windows Defender (don’t laugh, it’s helped in the past) None of them found anything. I immediately set the computer (Windows 7) to go back to a restore point. The computer hung up on the restore point initialization for over an hour. I didn’t want to stop it and had to go to work so I just shut off my monitor and hoped for the best.
When I got home, I saw that the restore had gone through but a majority of my folders were missing. The desktop only had my app shortcuts and a couple of empty folders. I opened up Picasa and saw that my photos were there. I did a search for a known file and found that it was there but just hidden. I opened Picasa again and my pics were there for about a second or two and then all disappeared. I found that I was able to restore individual folders but didn’t want to go through all of them one by one. I tried to restore to an older date but the same thing happened.
Thankfully, I have a second computer so I was able to do research. I found that all you have to do is go to your User folder, check the Hidden box, Apply, and then uncheck and Apply. This makes all of the folders visible. I did the same for the Program Files folder and Program Files (x86) folder. The last two disappeared after I did it but easily recovered by opening the C folder, clicking Organize (top left) -> Folder and search options-> View tab, -> click Show Hidden Files. Then unclick the Hidden box in those folders and go back and click Don’t Show Hidden Files.
At this point I thought all was well until I tried to do a search in Google and got redirected to some wacky site. Not even like porn or anything, just strange url’s like drvet or revolucion and some kind of real estate site. After some research I learned of a Google Redirect Virus. There apparently are variations of it. There’s plenty of info online but I’ll just go quickly through what I did to fix my problem. Other websites have more details. I tried TDSSkiller and it wouldn’t open, even after renaming it as suggested. I tried Symantec’s FixTDSS and it wouldn’t open either. After that I found a few options that were said to be able to open the way for TDSSkiller to work. RKill and RogueKiller didn’t work for me but HitmanPro did the trick. It allowed me to run TDSSKiller which in turn allowed Malwarebytes to find the virus.
After running scans using the 3 programs I mentioned earlier, all seems well. Search works fine. I hope someone finds this useful and I’d be happy to answer any questions although I’m far from an expert.