British Documentary Narration That Brings Warmth and Natural Charm to Every Project
Jamie is an experienced documentary narrator, having voiced over 60 documentary episodes for networks around the world. Channel 4 (UK), National Geographic Channel, Smithsonian Channel and Disney, just to name a few.
Documentary narration is a unique skill that requires a very specific understanding of tone and mood. There are many flavors of documentary, and it is crucial that the narrator matches the tone of the show, delivering information in an unobtrusive but compelling manner.
The Narrator Tells the Story Without Distraction
While the role of narrator is important and can bring much to the project, it is vital that the voice actor not become a distraction, or a feature in the piece. The narrator’s job is to seamlessly tell the story, deliver appropriate emotion when required, and to deliver the facts when needed.
On occasion, the drama on screen is such that a simple delivery is more impactful. At other times, the intensity on screen needs to be matched with intensity in the delivery, amplifying and increasing the drama of the whole piece exponentially.
Jamie’s experience in voicing documentaries ensures that whatever approach is required, he can deliver. He has perfected working with the director and production team to perfectly compliment the story being told.
A Voice That Provides Structure and Blends with Timing Queues
Documentaries are often divided into multiple parts, phases or acts. Going in and out of these sections requires an understanding of structure and a switch in tone that guides the viewer through these transitions.For example, a tease to introduce the program highlights intriguing upcoming moments. The voice must sell this anticipation, matching the tone of the highlight package. Following that is the introduction to the episode, setting the stage for what’s to come, and establishing the tone moving forward.
In broadcast television there are ramp ups leading up to ad breaks. And returning back to the show, there is often a brief outline of where the episode stands, leading back into the main body of the show. These narration cues need to happen with very specific timing, established at the scripting or pre-edit stage. Jamie takes great pride in understanding and working within structure, precisely hitting marks when required. His many years of experience working on a wide range of projects mean that he is able to deliver a professional and engaging documentary narration every time.
A British Voice is Synonymous With Documentary Narration
The British RP accent is often used for documentary narration because it is one of the most easily understood dialects across the English speaking world. Most commonly associated with the BBC, it has become synonymous worldwide with proper behavior, trust, and as a reliable source of information.
In addition to his British accent, Jamie has a warm, natural, sophisticated voice that delivers copy in a pleasant and easily understandable way. His voice ranges from gentle, calming and real, to authoritative, exciting and intense.
Jamie’s acting training and experience in multiple genres of voiceover means that he is extremely flexible with his delivery. He can match the tone, pace and mood of the moment, and expertly shift between delivery styles when needed.
In some cases, a more natural, conversational delivery is needed, especially when narrating a comedic moment, or a situation that requires levity. Jamie delivers this more ‘real’ read naturally and efficiently.
There are also occasions where the contrast of a serious, buttoned-up voice paired with absurd on-screen action makes for a funny piece. A David Attenborough style nature documentary voice, commentating on a mundane, everyday human scenario, is a style Jamie excels in and enjoys.
All Documentary Narration is Done From Jamie’s Professional Studio
Jamie has recorded documentary narration in studios across NYC and Philly. However, most of his narration work is recorded from his professional home studio. He enjoys collaborating with production teams around the world, and his audio has been heard by tens of millions of people around the world. His studio is perfectly equipped to deliver world class audio, with limitless connection possibilities for live direction, and a guaranteed broadcast quality product every time.
If you’d like a custom audition for your project, or want to chat about your documentary narration needs, reach out to Jamie today!