Creating Factual Voiceover

TAC is delighted to announce that we are continuing our series of seminars in conjunction with S4C to develop skills in creating voiceover scripts in factual and factual entertainment programmes this autumn. The experienced and entertaining leaders will share their expertise over the three session, and there will be opportunities to ask questions and take part in practical exercises. Note that one session has changed date and leader – it’s worth checking the new date; hopefully, it will still be convenient.

A number of free spaces are reserved for freelancers.  To express an interest in registering for one of these, contact Sioned Harries.

Leaders

Jaclyn Parry: Based in Cardiff, Jacci is an experienced self-shooting PD with over 15 years experience producing and directing numerous observational documentaries for production companies all over the UK. Jacci has worked across challenging access areas, and is used to negotiating sensitively and getting the best out of vulnerable and/or difficult contributors. Programmes she has worked on include One Born Every Minute for Dragonfly, First Dates for Twenty Twenty, Drugs Café for Tuesdays Child, Abortion: Beyond the Backstreet for Yeti and The Undateables for Betty.

Bethan Gwanas is a renowned author of novels, factual books, television scripts, and books for children and Welsh learners. A television presenter and a popular and witty columnist for Herald Cymraeg as well as a Welsh tutor, Bethan comes from the Dolgellau area originally, and after graduating in French from Aberystwyth University, she travelled the world, living in Nigeria and France along the way. Bethan is one of those very rare people who has visited both the North Pole and the South Pole, which she did for the S4C series ‘Ar y Lein’. In this joint session, Bethan will revisit scripting and recording her own voiceover, and the advantages and pitfalls of doing so.

Aled Sam is one of Wales’ best known voices and faces. He graduated in Art, and is interested in architectue to this day. He was a presenter on Radio Cymru in the 1980s and 90s, and he has presented and voiced some of S4C’s most popular and longest running series, including  ‘Am Dro!’, ‘Dan Do’, ‘04 Wal’, ‘Y Tŷ Cymreig’ and ‘100 Lle’. Aled writes a column for Welsh magazine Golwg, and he likes to read factual books when he’s at home, and fiction on holiday. In the session, he will share his considerable experience and look at how to create the most effective voiceover by way of a clear narrative.

John Morgan: Managing Director of Cardiff-based company JM Creative, John has worked in the field of television production for decades. Among the most memorable campaigns created by the company were the ‘If you help me read’ campaign for Welsh Government and a campaign promoting S4C’s rugby coverage; John also worked on rugby promos for Sky Sports. John has won awards all over the world, notably the John Hefin Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. In his session, he will share his experiences of producing the best possible voiceovers. In his view, the voice is everything.

You can register for the sessions using the form below.

Dates:

Creating and Finessing, Jaclyn Parry, Tuesday 12 October 2021, 10.00-11.30am (E)

The good, the bad, the narrative, Bethan Gwanas and Aled Sam, Tuesday 19 October 2021, 10.00-11.30am (W)

Clear or clever – or both? John Morgan, Tuesday 26 October 2021, 10.00-11.30am (E)

Cost: TAC members: £40 for one session / £90 for the three;  non-members: £80 / £180; freelancers: free

Closing date for registration: Thursday 7 October 2021, 12.00pm

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