“In a World” Where Voice is Everything
By Skip Sheffield
A new triple threat emerged at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Her name is
and she won the
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for her film “In a World,” which she also directed
and plays the main character. Lake
If you are puzzled by the title, all you need is to hear is familiar deep, husky male voice solemnly announcing, “In a World…” (where violence rules, people have gone mad, or other dire scenarios) “there is only one person,” (who can blah, blah, blah).
That deep bass voice belonged to the late Don LaFontaine, “The King of the Voiceovers,” with more than 5,000 movie trailers to his credit.
This is bad news for Carol, who is approximately the same age as her dad’s new playmate. Sam gently but firmly pushes his daughter out the door. Carol is forced to appeal to her older sister Dani (Michaela Watkins), who is married to an insincere male chauvinist named Moe (Rob Corddry) for a place of refuge.
Just about all the male characters in the film are jerks, with one notable exception: a geeky sound engineer named Louis (Demetri Martin).
Louis not only believes in Carol; he has a crush on her. This is the complete opposite of Gustav Warner (Ken Marino), a hotshot voiceover guy who takes advantage of her and wants to take her father’s crown.
“In a World” will appeal most to those who know a little bit about movies and the highly-specialized voiceover business. Two of my brothers are in it.
The competition is fierce, work is unsteady and the anxiety over vocal health is constant, but the rewards can be huge. “In a World” is more clever than it is deep.
has a way with words
and a lovely rich voice with which to convey them. This could be a good date
movie for guys who don’t mind some pointed jokes at the expense of their sex. Lake