Voiceover for Documentary Narration
Pop culture documentaries. Music documentaries. Nature documentaries, oh my! With documentaries reaching more audiences thanks to releases on streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, and Hulu, these educational and informative films are becoming more available and accessible. According to a 2018 study, 55% of respondents watched more documentaries than three years ago.
No matter the style, the most engaging and memorable documentaries incorporate storytelling & documentary narration They take viewers on a journey! The right combination and flow of images, videos, and a compelling documentary narrator can not only inform but also keep viewers engaged and telling their friends! If you’re looking for a professional voiceover actor to narrate a documentary, you’ve come to the right place!
At Blue Wave Voiceover, our roster of talented documentary narrators are ready to bring your film or docu-series to life with voiceover for documentary narration. Whether you’re looking for a voice with gravitas to narrate a historic story, or a trendy youthful voice for a pop culture series – we have some of the best working documentary narrators available today!
Film critic Bill Nichols outlines six types of documentaries:
The tone of the content informs the style of narration. While master narrator, David Attenborough, sounds at home on sprawling wilderness documentaries – he may not be the right voice to tell Taylor Swift’s story through a music documentary. Matching narrator voice to content is a key choice when working on post-production for story.
An Off-Camera Guide
Adding narration to a documentary offers viewers a guide through the story and helps to move the documentary forward by sharing information that may not be able to be fully understood simply by images or videos. Having a script and documentary narrator can add clarity and consistency that ensures that viewers don’t miss your key messages — all while bringing viewers into the story you’re telling.
Adding A Human Element
Working with a professional voiceover artist adds warmth and a human element to documentaries that are often packed with facts and figures. Some of the most recognizable documentary narrators include celebrities like Morgan Freeman, James Earl Jones, and Naomi Watts. Although you might not have the Hollywood budget, collectives like Blue Wave Voiceover can help you find a professional documentary narrator who can deliver a script that captures the spirit and essence of a celebrity narrator.
When it comes to a documentary, establishing credibility with your audience is key. Don’t leave the narration to a DIY effort; work with a professional documentary narrator to not only save you time but also turnaround an audio file that has been recorded with state-of-the-art equipment in a professional studio.
Strike The Right Tone
Whether you’re going for compelling, comedic, authoritative or lighthearted, a professional voiceover narrator can make sure they deliver just the right tone for your documentary. While many professional voiceover artists bring years of training to help them understand the nuances of tone and inflection, you can also provide live, realtime direction through virtual recording sessions to get it just right.
Maria Pendolino - Documentary Reel
Dustin Ebaugh - Documentary Sample
Debbie Irwin - Documentary Sample
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Search the Blue Wave Voiceover website to choose from a diverse array of voice actors to narrate your next documentary project:
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