Anybody knows who he is? He's the one who's in all the trailers that seem to begin with the words, "In a world.... blah blah blah... one man... blah blah blah." He seems to be a major voiceover talent but I haven't had any luck finding out his name or any biographical info.
Who makes trailers? I used to think the studios did them (and often give away the whole plot) but then I've heard some directors make them, too.
Hmmm... There was a commercial a while back, I think it was for Blockbuster or some other video store, where they have someone come up to the counter and ask about a movie ("Scream" maybe), and the employee like knocks on the counter or something, and a guy pops out from underneath and gives the synopsis of the movie. I wonder if that's the same guy?
quote:Originally posted by Askia K. Hale: Anybody knows who he is? He's the one who's in all the trailers that seem to begin with the words, "In a world.... blah blah blah...
Oh, man, that reminds me of this really funny/weird radio commercial for Blue Man Group. It starts by saying: In a world of previews and advertisements. In a world of hype and promotional gobbledygook.
The man is named Don La Fontane aka "The Voice" aka "GOD" he does all kinds of voice overs. Anything from movie trailers to commericals. He demands a lot and surprisingly the studios pay it..but it is all because his voice has that deep, gravely tone to it that most people remember.
------------------ "My other seige engine is a Ford"
There's several of them. The major networks have their deep, scratchy voiceover men too. I also saw a Jerry Springer episode where they focused on the guy who does the announcements and voiceovers for the show. He also does Jenny Jones and I hear him on some other shows too. But I think I know who you are talking about. It seems to be just one guy who announces all the movies. Maybe he is associated with MPAA or something?
Why do they choose him? Because he's "The Movie Trailer Guy". Pure and simple. If he wasn't, this thread wouldn't even be here. LOL
It's force of habit. When you have a trailer, you call Don.
I have 25 voice talents in my audio production company pool, I personally think that most of them are better than Don. Maybe not as deep or as gravely, but better nonetheless. But would any of my voice talents ever land a movie trailer job? No chance.
There's a voice for every project. Right now I'm working on a Flash presentation for a collector's website... Don wouldn't work AT ALL for this presentation... we're using a 30-ish female voice. And the client loves her voice. Well, that, and she only charges a couple hundred $$. LOL
Oh, and by the way, the webpage at http://dmoz.org/Arts/Animation/Voice_Actors/L/LaFontaine,_Don/desc.html is WAYYY off. He earns more like $10million. Think about it, it says 80 sessions per week, that's 4000 sessions per year. At $1 million, that's only $250 per session... which is about 1/2 of Union scale. Most of his trailers are about $10,000 and up. He won't even take your call unless you have at least $5000. And he only does a few sessions per week. Plus he OWNS the limo and the driver is on salary. Just to clarify.
Trailers are becoming a cliffs note of the motion picture world. They pretty much show all of the funny or action scenes in them, in order to pack the moviegoers into the theater. Plus the fact that so many of them all share the same trailer music. When I think of the great movie trailers of all time, I think of movies like 'Batman,' 'Dracula,' or 'Pulp Fiction.' 'Batman,' especially. The way they teased you with small clips was great, it left you wanting more.
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