University of Innsbruck | Image Film Voiceover

I was delighted to record this Image Film voiceover for The University of Innsbruck, a public university in the capital of the Austrian federal state of Tyrol, founded in 1669. The university buildings are spread across the city and there is no university campus as such. This is highlighted during the opening moments of the film, where we see a vast array of building styles and locations.

A German language version had already been produced and this was the starting point for the English voiceover timing and style. An English guide track was also provided by the client to help with pacing – since the sentences are often spaced far apart in the film.

I connected from my London studio to the client in Austria using Source Connect Now. This allowed real-time recording, direction and feedback by the client. See my studio page for more information on how remote recording can help you record and supervise the session from any location.

Once connected, I worked with the director to find the right “voice” for the film. Often, international clients favour the neutral British accent (known as Received Pronunciation or RP) but after I demonstrated a few dialect options, the client chose my native Cheshire accent. They felt it lent a more approachable tone to the film and thus to the University itself.

I adopted a conversational reading style where possible, and the film gave plenty of scope to play up some wonderful quirky humourous moments. It’s one of the most polished videos I’ve had the pleasure to work on and feels like a 4 minute high-end TV Commercial in terms of production values.

Studio & Recording Info

Studio: Personal Studio
Microphone: Lewitt LCT 540 S
Signal Path: DBX 286s, Focusrite Saffire Pro 14
Direction: Client Directed via Source Connect Now

Voiceover Skills

Voiceover Brief and Skills 

  • Provide a voiceover with a North West English accent (Cheshire/Manchester) and a natural, approachable tone.
  • Take client direction via Internet linkup using Source Connect Now

Client

University of Innsbruck
A public university in Innsbruck, the capital of the Austrian federal state of Tyrol, founded in 1669.

Website: www.uibk.ac.at