In a World…

In a World Movie

For some reason, there haven’t been many films chronicling the world of voiceover acting. It appears to be something of a dying art for movie trailers nowadays, opting for bombastic scores or character narration. There’s nothing wrong with that, but Lake Bell‘s feature directorial debut In a World… makes one nostalgic for the days where epic trailers were accompanied by epic voices. In a World… isn’t some history lesson, but if you’ve ever been curious about the inner-workings of the voiceover world or why it’s so male driven, Bell has that covered along with a father-daughter relationship and an underdog story. That’s a lot for a movie about repeating movie synopses into microphones. Fortunately, we got a chance to talk with Bell, and we brought our own recording device.

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In a World Movie

Editor’s note: Allison’s review of In a World originally ran during this year’s LAFF, but we’re re-posting it now as the film opens in limited theatrical release this weekend. Children naturally grow up wanting to be like their parents, and some actually do. Children of actors becoming actors, children of musicians becoming musicians, and I’m sure there are some children of accountants who become accountants. (Okay, maybe not that last one.) Carol (Lake Bell) wants to be a voice over actor, but not because her father, famous voice over actor Sam (Fred Melamed) is one, but because she understand the power of voice. Carol spends her days as a vocal coach (boasting Eva Longoria as one of her clients) and logging various accents into her archive of voices. Carol is kooky and a bit awkward (her outfits alone can tell you that), but she is also sweet and honest, in no way the shark you apparently need to be to make it as a voice over actor. In A World… takes audiences behind the scenes of voice over acting as the community “mourns” the death of the godfather of voice over acting, Don LaFontaine, by clamoring for a shot to take over the iconic, “In a world…” line. Even though his own daughter has aspirations to make a name for herself in the industry, Sam is instead grooming another up-and-coming voice over actor, Gustav (Ken Marino) for the job. Sam may not support his daughter’s career, but he also decides to stop supporting her, […]

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Probably nobody has been hankering to see a movie set in the thrilling world of voice-over acting, but the world that writer/director/star Lake Bell has created for her new indie, In a World…, seems like a world that’s probably going to be charming and funny enough for you to want to visit it anyway. Or, at least that’s how the trailer makes it look, but who can trust what you see in trailers? The trailer for In a World… is all about the empty showmanship that goes into trying to sell movies with trailers. What can’t be faked is that Bell’s amazing supporting cast is one that includes names like Tig Notaro, Demetri Martin, Rob Corddry, Ken Marino, Geena Davis, Nick Offerman, and many others though, or that the film won the award for screenwriting at Sundance, so you can feel safe giving this Meta ad about a movie about ads a watch anyway.

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