Saturday, 26 June 2010


[15.51 - French Time] Yesterday evening The Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab had its grand opening.

« When you die, the voice you hear in Heaven is not Don's. It's God trying to sound like Don. » (Ashton Smith)

The lab, located at the nonprofit Screen Actors Guild Foundation's Actors Center on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles, honors late voice-over artist Don LaFontaine. LaFontaine, who died in September 2008, provided voice-overs for an estimated 5,000 movie trailers. He was the inventor of the modern trailer and the influence of his work goes beyond the movie industry, as contemporary advertising borrows a lot to the standards he established in more than 40 years.

The Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab is a fully-equipped sound studio which will allow actors to work on voice-over craft, demos and auditions while classroom space will host workshops, seminars and demonstrations led by experts in the field.

Some years ago your humble servant had the luck and the privilege to interview Don LaFontaine. He was a gentleman and a class act.

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