About Talking Statues
The brief of this assignment was to work as a group of no more than 4 people to create a factual sound portrait on a theme provided by the module tutor. The final piece also had to include 2 15 second adverts for appropriate companies that would fit the tone of our subject matter.
As creative director, I felt it would be best to try and bring the statues to life to tell their story. The team and I decided on Aneurin Bevan, Tasker Watkins and Ivan Novello. I took ownership of producing the piece for Tasker Watkins because I was in awe, when I read how he was awarded the Victoria Cross for his heroic action in battle. Staying on the war theme, I approached a local sandwich company called The Sandwich Co, who make some amazing sandwiches, with one being called ‘The Arnie Sarny’ which would link nicely as Arnie is an all action film hero & I so happen to have a very close friend who does great Arnie impressions and was happy to do the voice over for the Sandwich Co advert.
The production process started like any other project – with lots of research. I really wanted to understand who Mr Watkins was and what kind of man he was. Was he jovial? Stern? Down to earth? I wanted the reflection of all our subject matters to be as accurate as possible! I delegated the remaining subjects out to the rest of the team. Once we understood our characters, we then scouted for the appropriate voice actors & worked with them to get the final results.
Overall I am very pleased with the final output. The process was relatively simple to complete. I do wish we did not have Churchill speaking as it clashes with Mr Bevan talking. The team worked really well together and we all worked hard to achieve the final result.