Dani Morton    Photo by Randall Derrick ©2015

Narrative: Giving Soul to Perjury

by Dani Morton

           A dream come true: as cliché as that phrase is, it adequately sums up my experience narrating Perjury of Time. I discovered my passion for the voice-over industry in college and have been furiously focusing on my voice-over career since my first day in an audio booth. Despite my training and the wonderful gigs I have managed to land in the past, nothing prepared me for the phenomenal experience I had narrating this film.

The script is still one of my favorite reads. Even now, I catch myself returning to certain lines as I warm up for other projects. Randall’s grasp of the area’s rich history and his heart-felt interpretation of the relationships that possibly occurred during this time are so vibrant and enthralling, it’s impossible not to get lost in the story. I couldn’t have asked for a better script nor a more supportive director. Working with a director who knows exactly what they want while still giving each character (including the narrator) their free will to interpret is beyond creative fulfillment. Walking into Matt’s studio for the first time, I was absolutely awestruck. I think you can still see an indention in the floor from my jaw hitting the ground. The space was everything a voice-over artist could want: beautiful ambience, state of the art equipment, and an engineer who knew exactly what he was doing. The day we took to knock out the narration portion is imbedded in my memory as one of the most rewarding projects I have ever had the privilege of being involved.

I hope Perjury of Time speaks to each person that watches it as profoundly as it speaks to me. I hope the audience develops a respect and a curiosity for this wild piece of history Randall Derrick brought to life.

The Importance of Voice over Narrativer in Perjury of Time
by Randall Derrick

          For a film that has little live action and almost no dialogue between actors usually resembles a documentary style film and originally Perjury was designed to be a documentary. For whatever reason I couldn’t gather enough experts on the subject to make a substantial and informative film about a mass homicide that occurred about 1450 in the Texas panhandle. I decided to keep the film a documentary and shake up the genre a little by producing a documentary-style narrative and adding a fiction overlay, essentially creating what some might refer to as a faux-documentary.

One of the rules behind real documentaries aside from the voice of experts interviewed is to find a voice over artist that can hold the viewers attention through a long and sometimes complicated storyline. The solution to that requirement is normally a low-toned voice and for best results, a female, near-baritone voice is often the best.

Throughout the first six months I searched and auditioned several speakers and really couldn’t find that perfect voice to narrate Perjury. Some didn’t fit the profile and others were either not interested or couldn’t maintain the required sincerity in a long voice over. The problem was solved around the end of December, 2015 when I contacted Trudy Hanson at West Texas A&M University.

I got an immediate reference for a voice over artist named Dani Morton. We met and I knew right away she’s work perfectly. She was sincere, professional and entirely self-motivated. We recorded the four-thousand word narrative at the Major Seven Studio in one afternoon. We did a re-read a few weeks later but the first read was so good we didn’t use a redo.

The low-toned female voice that signed on became the soul and spirit of the story that is Perjury of Time. Thank you Dani Morton.

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