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Voice Over Mistakes in Films

Guest Post By Jessica Wright

Have you ever thought ‘I like this film but I just can’t stand the narrator’? Or, ‘why is there even a narrator telling me this is Paris if you can clearly see the Eiffel Tower’? And what about voice-over translations that don’t make any sense?

There are 3 kinds of mistakes when talking about voice over or off-camera commentary in film production:

-        The voice itself

There is always a character behind a voice, even if it’s just a narrator linking parts of the story, this voice has a personality. And this personality should match the tone and style of the story. In films where the voice over is used continuously, like in animated movies, a good casting is even more important. Characters need credibility and not having the adequate voice for them is a terrible mistake. Mistakes here are also related to the emotions ‘shown’, the tone of voice, a correct diction and any other techniques that are common to any kind of acting. The responsible for these mistakes would be casting and direction.

-        The use of the voice over

Sometimes the use of a voice over is just not needed. When an image is already telling you the story, showing a context or you can see the personality of the characters with their looks and acting, you don’t need another voice to explain what you already know and make you aware that you are watching a movie instead of letting you dive into it. If a voice over is used to, let’s say, introduce a character, it should be to give additional information of what you don’t see or can’t explain otherwise. The responsible for these mistakes would be the scriptwriter.

-        Translation mistakes:

We can find hundreds of mistakes when talking about voice over translations or dubbing. The choice of the voice is even more important here and should match not only the personality but also the physical appearance of the character. Translating dialogs and adapting them to another language is always a hard work. In addition to common translating difficulties, when doing a foreign language voice over, it has to look like the character is actually pronouncing those other words instead of the original ones. Again, credibility is needed in order to believe the story told. The responsible here would be the studio in charge of this post production service.

These are just general mistakes occurring in filmmaking, but voice over also happens in any kind of television production, radio, advertising, video games and  audio visual in general, so imagine how many more mistakes can be done in each of them!

How to write an effective essay

Guest post courtesy of York Notes

For many people there is nothing more intimidating than having to sit down and write an effective essay for a piece of coursework or an exam. It is a concentration of so many things learnt that the actual managing of all that information into a succinct and readable essay can just become overwhelming.

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One way to make life easier when faced with this kind of task is to break the job down into manageable sections. In this article we will look at how to make the introduction as good as it possible can be, because if you start well you will feel much more confident going into the rest of the essay.

Before you start any essay you need to make an outline of what it is that you are going to do. Every piece of written work should be founded on a plan and never written from cold.

In an essay, it is essential that you have a “grabber.” This is something that will grab a hold of the reader’s attention from the beginning. It could be a joke, a shocking fact, a proverb or a quote. You need something special to set this piece of work apart.

The next element of the introduction is for you to introduce your topic or subject. It is not however to simply state what your topic or subject is. You need to give the reader reasons for wanting to know about what it is that you have decided to talk about, or how you are going to talk about it.

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A good way to break down the reasons for you to talk about your topic is to ask yourself five questions about the topic: who, why, what, where and how. If you systematically break down the topic into these easily understandable aspects, then your ability to write clearly about it will also begin to flow more naturally.

Once you have understood what it is you are going to talk about and why, it is necessary for you to understand whether you are going to be writing from a positive or negative point of view about your topic.

It is important because once you have decided what your point of view is going to be in your own head you do not then go and present your argument in a one-sided way. A good essay always looks at two sides of an argument and you must always keep this in mind no matter what your personal opinions on the topic are.

Once you have taken the time out to consider your essay in such a methodical way, you will see how the actual writing of it becomes so much easier.


Of course, understanding how to write an essay and how to implement a plan about your writing is a great step towards writing better pieces of work, but it does not mean that your English literature revision books can be forgotten about now that you have the perfect essay writing method.

If you do not do the study that gives you the information you will need to write, then you are never going to have any knowledge base from which to write.

Essays do not need to be the most difficult things in the world, but you have to work at them in order for this to be true.

Info from: Revision notes, Chapter summaries and books on English Literature

Are zombies the new vampires in art, fiction and everyday life?

Guest Post By Courtney Cummings

Vampires have been the recent craze of this generation.  Everywhere you look, you get a good taste of an overly romanticized monster that looks like he’s drinking more muscle milk than blood.  Young tweens have been caught in this trance through Hollywood’s dramas such as Twilight, Vampire Diaries and True Blood.  The list goes on, but I sure hope that this fascination wears off before the Zombies get too irritated.

Though our society tends to be filled with an endless amount of lifeless bloodsuckers, the majority of people everywhere act more like zombies.  Firstly, when walking around you don’t usually see people with super speed or strength gliding through the air – even if they have had their morning coffee.  When Monday morning rolls around, the zombie in everyone is extremely apparent. You pull yourself out of bed and mindlessly walk from one place to the next only to stop for food, the basic necessity.  You cannot really speak to others like a functioning human.  You have no intention to attack others, but you could really care less about recognizing their existence.

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Ever noticed how every zombie looks pretty similar?  Every classic film or publication features a lifeless individual with sunken eyes, a glazed over demeanor, the same clothes and an aggravated look on their face.  Sounds like corporate America to me.  Everyone has the same baggy suit that was handed down from their father.  They go to work in identical cubes with an undeserving salary.  Their only desire is self-survival.  I don’t see vampires going to work or even doing anything besides hunting pray that doesn’t stand a chance.  At least when zombies attack they move slowly.

Vampires also do not sleep or eat.  They defy all odds but can’t even step into the daylight.  Well for some of us, waking up before 1pm is difficult – but not impossible.  Americans, especially, have an obsession with food and sleep that cannot be denied.  You are diagnosed as mentally ill if you fail to do either of those functions properly.  Hello folks, we are not vampires.  Zombies too have this uncanny ability to navigate through life with only one care in the world, eating.  Most humans are terrorized by blood; some even pass out at the mere sight.


Don’t even get me started on the musical tastes of today’s youth.  Vampires are often portrayed as these classical characters that have refined their artistic palette throughout the infinite years of their existence.  Zombies, like humans, aren’t that cultured.  Many people are completely oblivious to the fine arts that are in the present, past and future as well.  Even look at the music kids are listening to these days.  They blast dubstep and electronic music that can only be danceable if you do “the zombie”.  Flailing your arms and bobbing your head have become extremely popular when hitting the dance floor.

So get over your crush on Edward Cullen and focus on reality.  The zombie apocalypse is on its way, and you should recognize your roots before it’s too late.  You wouldn’t want them to show up and see you fanaticizing about being bit on the neck by their enemy.  Jump on this band wagon before they are headed for you.  They could be closer than you think.


Guest poem by J.H. Wells

blue eyes


A portrait Pollack painted,

drunk, blossoming ornate beauty.


Gypsy eyes, wearing violet,

hiding, the nighttime thief,

from dawns  heart of



But I know so little of this design.

For we have not shared

passion’s ferocity


taken part in the restless feeling

in a dying conversation.


So, who is to say

That our house will burn, or if

The lavenders will have a

divine scent?


Join me,

drowning in some gin.

I’ll be by my typewriter, and you

lost in your violin.


Until then,

love will have to starve.

Guest blogging/posting

For those of us who consider ourselves creative people and also try to get the word out there about our creative ambitions, guest posting or guest blogging can be a good opportunity.

With that being said, I’m looking to both guest post for other blogs as well as feature other people’s posts on mine. If you own or run a blog and are interested in in either of these possibilities, please let me know either in the comments section or via e-mail at .

What I’ll accept for this blog:

Anything arts related in any way. It must be original work and at least 250 words (unless it’s poetry or a visual submission like photography or a drawing). I’ll provide one backlink per poem or visual submission and up to two per written other form of written post.

What I can provide:

Having worked in journalism as well as the arts, I am up for providing mostly anything. However, if possible I’d like to keep the topics related to:

Poetry and writing

Photography and the visual arts

Movies and video

Music and the performing arts

Goth, emo or punk subcultures

Body modification

Graphic design

Maybe we can make this work out well for everyone!


Ulysses’ Fall

Guest post by Veronica Pamoukaghlian

Ulysses’ Fall (Las Toscas, Uruguay, Jan 14th, 2012)

go back home

a patient seamstress
awaits your voyage’s end

this land of me
that you can call your own
needs nought of you
till you be ripe
for giving

My mermaid’s chant
was beyond help
like planets’ sway

yet only you
could hear it

I meant no harm
when I lured you to my island

Many a sailor
I had drowned
before you drifted
into my waters

my tuneless song
was yours
beyond the silence

Yet I could not
let you drown
to follow me
into the world of fish

and it’s too late
for me
to give my voice
and live over the surface

So we must live
this while
in middle-land
in middle-sea
this in-between
of bliss and tragedy

So, welcome Home
wherever you may be
this island has become
a land of Thee

Resume your life
in that other place
where you must hide
your godliness
behind the mask
of ordinary days

Stay away
until your head turns gray

and though you may forget
the stringness of my song

I will always remember
you were a god

Veronica Pamoukaghlian is a poet and filmmaker based in Uruguay. Follow her on Facebook:
Poetry by Veronica Pamoukaghlian, and Twitter @verozoneuy. She has a website at
The Wander Life. You may also check out her film  Raúl, the movie.


The Daddy Daughter Bucket List (Part 2)

100 Things to do Before Your Daughter Leaves the House:

(Part 2)

By Christina Jeter –

20)      I want you to know that I want you to have everything that I didn’t and never experience the hurt of my past. You are the protégée of the greatest thing I have ever done with my life.

21)      Let her teach you: The world now revolves around the internet, I am sure you like to navigate through the World Wide Web.

22)      Become her friend on FaceBook!

23)      Follow each other on Twitter

24)      Learn how to text her, just in case she doesn’t want to talk on the phone…smh.

25)      Don’t worry about making it home for the holiday’s I can always have her attend via Skype.

26)      Have her tell you that big secret? What is the difference between a tampon and a sanitary napkin?

27)      Make sure you always take photos together, nothing like an image to re-spark a moment in time.

28)      See the world together and all over again, go back to childhood places and visit new horizons with one another.

29)  Get pampered, go out and get your feet and nails done, while basking in the glory of raising such a successful daughter.

30)  Always let her know if someone doesn’t appreciate you and what you can do,DON’T GIVE IT TO THEM AGAIN.

31)  Know that tolerance is a dangerous thing! I state this because you will have friends who tolerance hates because that person is not giving it to them.

32)  Do something productive each and every day so that time is never wasted.

33)  Remind her about the sacrifices you made for her to have the privileges she has today, and then have her create a cool super hero nickname for you.

34)  Assure her that dreams do come true.

35)  Give the world, but let her know about the reality of the world, so she can be humble and grateful not bullying and mocking.

36)   If she doesn’t have a Valentine, be her Valentine and celebrate it in New Orleanson Mardi gras, for you are never alone in the Crescent City.

37)  Watch the American Idols auditions together to help know that everyone has embarrassing moments; just be glad none of ours are recorded.

38)  Spread the love leave the hate: Go to do charitable things together, work at a church, homeless shelter, and etc.

39)  KARMA- What goes around comes around.

GUEST POST – The Daddy Daughter Bucket List

The Daddy Daughter Bucket List

100 Things to do Before Your Daughter Leaves the House:

(Part one of a several part series)

By Christina Jeter –

They say when you have a child; you truly know the meaning of unconditional love! When that child is a girl, it makes you admire the worth of the woman she will become.  This is dedicated to my father, best friend and angel on earth, Donald L. Jeter. Thank you dad for being there for me when no one else was, because of you I am the person I am today and my success is your success!

1)      Show your daughter the kindness she should treat herself to when meeting other people: The diversity of the world is what makes the universe thrive, but make sure your daughter encounters people, who will appreciate her and know that she should appreciate herself and not settle for anything less then what she deserves. From the day she is born, tell her how beautiful she is, intelligent, and show her how she should be treated.

2)      Tell her the truth about how powerful she is and what other’s will do to possess that power! Everybody wants to keep their little girl, a little girl, shying her away from the cruel reality of the world, but we all know that each individual goes through phases. Some of those phases will include sexuality, sex, and just figuring out the person they want to become. Be truthful, open and honest with her when she is going through these life changes, let her know how others will perceive her, (good and bad). Don’t manipulate the logic and reason of the outside world, because doing so will cause her to sneak behind your back.

3)      Share your life with your daughter: One day you and your baby girl should just go through the family photo album, let her discover her roots and get a sense of understanding of her ancestry, heritage and watch her eyes light up about how she will add/change her genealogy.

4)      Teach your daughter to defend herself: Let her know that just because someone is smiling at her doesn’t mean they are interested in being kind to her. Being a male you know the game and hustle that men play to get girls and women into bed. School her on the scenarios, so she will hopefully never become a victim of being attacked, physically and emotional.

5)      Teach her to be her own woman: Companionship is great, but make sure she focuses in school, travel, and makes something of her life. Then when she is ready to marry and have children she will have the best suitor possible, because she will know that any partner she takes will be her equal not their subordinate.

6)      Let her know that matter what she does or faces in the world she has you to come home to and comfort. When she goes off to college or moves out of the house, you want the best for her, but sometimes she may fall victim to peer pressure, let her know that we all make mistakes and to trust you with hers, so you can help it get better not worst.

7)      Live by example: Understandable your daughter is a Madonna in your eyes, but so is everyone else’s daughter for that matter, so watch how you treat and interact with other women, because everyone is looking for approval and if your daughter see’s you giving more attention to the sexuality explicit women, you can’t get mad if that is what she becomes.

8)      From the day she is conceived, read to her in the womb, the day she is born read to her in her sleep, when she is learning to read on her own, learn with her.

9)      Question her logic, sometimes she may want to talk about a situation but doesn’t know how to bring it about. Ask her how her day is, life, and if everything is OK, always make it a point to know that you care.

10)  Make time to spend time together, go eat out as your budget and schedule permits.

11)  If a man ever: Let them know if a man ever seeks your attention, he needs to work for it. Meaning, he should take time to get to know you. Then when he achieves it work that much harder to keep it.

12)  Watch how a man treats himself and others: A lot of the time men who are abusive start out friendly, they will smile and nod excessively while starting at you in hopes to get you to do the same back. This in returns gives them the courage to approach you, they will usually say one liners, like, “You’re pretty me.” Then just stay quiet until they gain your trust for the next encounter. Then the next encounter they will become aggressive, offering you drinks and if you don’t drink them they will get mad, asking you to make out, and trying to show you off to others.

13)  Always go on dates at your terms: Talk to the person as much as possible before seeing them in person. When I say talk, I mean on the phone and/or in person, no text messaging and/or online interaction. This helps you feel the tone of person sincerity when you question them about certain topics.

14)  Know that when you do start to date, stick to your morals and values. In doing so here is a game but I want to school you on the hustler. Some boys may say that they respect the fact that you want to take it slow, but will find a girl who wants to take it fast, but of course they won’t tell you that because they want you to think they waited for you. Some will be little you to make you feel you are making the wrong choice not pleasing them, but they in return are helping you make the right choice to rid them out of your life.

15)  Older men who inquiry after young girls: Sure you want a handsome, savvy, wealthy older man, but make sure he is not married and not using your innocent and the fact that you are naive to boost his ego while devouring your body.

16)  Know that sometimes men will seem like they are being nice by portraying a gentleman: Don’t be so willing to take, as sometimes men want something in return. If he offers to take you on a date, he should pay, but you don’t owe him anything except your company at the dinner. If you must take make sure he knows you appreciate his kindness and are grateful he wants nothing in return except my verbal gratitude, “Thank You!” His reaction after that will show his true character and motive.

17)  Speak it into existence: The most important thing as a father on my to do list with my daughter bucket list is to want the best for her and know that I had a part in her being the most gorgeous thing in the world. She is half me but the better half of the world!

18)  Help others within your resource: It doesn’t have to be with cash, words are just as profitable. Some girls don’t have the same fathers with my logic and reasoning.

19)  Don’t let people take your kindness for weakness: If ever threaten get out of the situation as best as possible, and then when safe, report to the police. Learn from others past so you don’t inquire the same fate.

20)  I want you to know that I want you to have everything that I didn’t and never experience the hurt of my past. You are the protégée of the greatest thing I have ever done with my life.

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