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Script Genres > English Adult > Narration > Government

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    Bureau Of Engraving & Printing

    Script:

    If you’ve ever looked closely at one of the bills in your wallet, you will have noticed that each bill has green Treasury Seals and serial numbers, as well as black Federal Reserve Seals and District numbers. The presses at your left are overprinting this important information, in sequential order, on each bill while it is still in one sheet containing 16 bills. One hundred of these sheets at a time are then stacked into a plexiglass tray. There is a small suction cup underneath the counting device, making sure that the count is accurate and that no sheets have stuck together.

    33 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Paul S. Underwood's recording

    Trying to minimize extraneous noise: room sound, clicking, breathing. Obviously still a work in progress. The recording was normalized to -3.0 db, but is otherwise unaltered.

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/Bureau of Engraving and Printing.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    This was nice read. Nice tone.
    You're not alone I struggle with mouth noises and breathing too. Some things I do to help are:
    For the breathing you can try this and see how it works for you: If you have copy that is plagued with run-ons, but you can find a spot suitable for a pause, sometimes you can finish the thought and hold off for a second, and then take a breath, and pause a little more and then resume. This makes editing afterwards a little easier as the joined areas will sound the same and you woun't have to worry about a 1/2 of a breath sound or something similar. Noise gates help too, but the ambient/surrounding noise levels need to be quiet so the gating is not too obvious.
    For mouth noises: a little celery (be sure to floss) or a slice of a sour apple should help

    As for technical part of the read, If anything, it appears "There is a small " was slightly rushed.
    Recording quality is great.
    Performance is great as well.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks, tjstorms. As it happens, my wife is severely allergic to celery, but the apple trick may help. I'll give it a shot. I like the pausing idea as well, and what you suggest is about what I'd normally do, but for this take I was trying to get rid of the sounds at the source, rather than editing them out.

    On replay, I hear the rush you point out; thanks also for that.

    Peer Feedback:

    no problem ps. No celery for you! Amen to trying to rid the noises at the source! The engineers will be grateful...
    :-) There is a video on Youtube by Bill DeWees I watched last night - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWZR0VcZq8Y which covers mouth noises. As he mentions, not all things work for all people, so do what works for you.
    Bill also has other good videos you may find useful as well.

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    Social Security

    Script:

    Whether you’re young or old, male or female, single or with a family – this video is for and about you.
    That’s because Social Security has programs that affect everybody.
    This presentation was prepared by the Social Security Administration and tells you what you need to know about Social Security while still working and what you need to know when it’s your turn to collect benefits.
    It also provides an overview of Medicare and Supplemental Security Income benefits.

    103 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Beverly Ann's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/Social Security feedback forum_0.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I like the richness of your voice.
    I thought "..young or old.." was a bit bunched together.
    There are some noises associated with some of the edits that make them noticeable.

    - touzet -

    Peer Feedback:

    thanks touzet for your feedback, I appreciate your honesty, helps better my performance.

    Peer Feedback:

    Whoa...slow down!!! This isn't a commercial limited to 30s! Bring it down to a conversational, one-to-one speed and try it again. Extremely rushed.

    Peer Feedback:

    Yes. Much too rushed. No stereotype intended, but consider your audience - older persons that may need the instructions spelled out for them very deliberately and succinctly so that they can follow without much difficulty because this can be complicated and confusing.

    Sounds like you edited the breaths out. But I would submit that those spaces (whether there's a breath or not) need to be there to give the listener some relief to process the information. So, if you take out the breath sounds, fill the gaps with some room tone so that the sentences don't sound so slammed into one another. Otherwise, I, as a listener, will have to constantly rewind to pick up things I may have missed along the way. And If I have to do that too many times, I'll just give up.

    But you struck a good tone, if just a touch sing-songy at times.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hi Beverly your voice definitely fits this genre and will suggest slowing down a lot. I also hear some background noise (hissing) that is distracting during your read.

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    35 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear eliehershfield's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/social security.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    I think you have a great voice. Love the resonance your voice has. Very confident and smooth.

    IMHO, I would speed it up just a little and add more energy. I suggest a brighter delivery with perhaps a smile in your voice.

    Good luck and Best Wishes,

    Steve

    Peer Feedback:

    I agree with the above comment, I think it would be perfect with a touch of energy. I find that screaming the script out loud, and then reading it properly afterward helps me get my energy at a higher level.

    Peer Feedback:

    Who is your audience? Older people, like me, with bad hearing. Mellow is good, but we oldsters need crisper diction and slightly more volume to understand what you're saying. Slowing it down a touch would be nice too.

    I'm exaggerating a bit, but it is somewhat true.

    Could be a touch more upbeat too.

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    12 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear ptdanno's recording

    /sites/default/files/script-recordings/Social Security.mp3

    Peer Feedback:

    The recording quality appears very low. I had trouble hearing the read. Perhaps some new software or a different microphone. Otherwise you have great tone and voice.

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    20 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear turner73's recording

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    Peer Feedback:

    Turner, not sure what your goal is with this read but if you are trying to give a straight,informative read without being natural then you've succeeded. This read doesn't require much emotion but you need to connect with the listener a little more. The quality is ok but I hear your mouth noise.

    Peer Feedback:

    I would have to agree with pitts2k!!

    Peer Feedback:

    I would agree with the previous comments. The mouth noise was distracting.

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    44 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Dave Crosier's recording

    Just practicing...still working from my desk. I know it's sounds a bit noisy...not worried about that...more about the performance. Thanks in advance for your comments

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    Peer Feedback:

    I like the forward motion in this rendition. The pacing is energetic but not pushy. You invite the listener to hear what you have to say. Verbs are used well and pronouns which are often over-stressed, are used well here, stressing for clarification and distinction of audience members.

    Peer Feedback:

    Hello Dave,
    Your take was good, but I would breakup that run on sentence. I had to take a breath for you. (smile) You have a good voice and you spoke with clarity, as well as authority.
    Well done.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks all... @chfree....yeah that middle sentence needed some punctuation for sure!

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    31 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Luc Daigle's recording

    This one was difficult for me. "Social Security Administration" turned out to be quite a tongue twister for me. Did I manage to pull it off?

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    Peer Feedback:

    Hi! Yes I think you pulled it off nicely. Your voice is calm and reasonable, perfect for something like a video that explains a potentially scary/confusing thing like ss benefits. I really like how you emphasized "you" in the first sentence. I felt like you were talking just to me the rest of the script. Nice job.

    Peer Feedback:

    As this is the 4th of 4 submissions in one day, I'll take this one as the opportunity to hopefully get across what's referred to as forum etiquette. Firstly, welcome to the forum. It's a pretty friendly and helpful place. However I'd like point out that you flooded the forum with multiple reads where the general rule is to limit yourself to two per day and critique two other reads for every one you submit. "Submit one, critique two." If you do two, critique 4. That keeps the forum alive. The reason they ask this of us (and many of us got emails welcoming us to the forums and did explain this ground rule) is that when someone posts a lot of stuff all at once, it pushes all previous stuff down and towards the end of 'page one' where most posts go to die from chances of being heard and commented upon. So if you limit to 2 a day, everyone's reads stay on page 1 a little longer. It's a courtesy. Thanks.

    Peer Feedback:

    Thanks TxTom. Guess I got a little carried away last night :) I'll limit myself to two a day from this point forward.

    Luc

    Peer Feedback:

    It's easy to get excited about VO and do a bunch of reads in one session. No real harm.

    Peer Feedback:

    A nice read. I like the friendly personality that comes across, and you read it with nice naturalness that works well. I would say that it feels just the slightest bit hasty, though, toward the end. I get the feeling that you can do it with an even more relaxed, calm and reassuring tone.

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    17 people have played this

    Practice Recording:

    Click to hear Jerome460's recording

    Would appreciate critiques on my interpretation of the script as it relates to tone, pacing, inflection, etc. I had one small place at the end (I think between the words "Supplemental Security") where my voice was starting to give a little.

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    Peer Feedback:

    Good read, I don't think your voice gave out quite as much as you think it did. You might have thought that because the sentence, "This presentation was prepared by the Social Security Administration and tells you what you need to know about Social Security while still working and what you need to know when it’s your turn to collect benefits." is EXTREMELY hard to say in one breath. I would have paused to collect myself after "Administration" and "Security" in that sentence. Otherwise, I thought pacing was good and I liked your interpretation. Great job!

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    Social Security

    Script:

    Whether you’re young or old, male or female, single or with a family – this video is for and about you. That’s because Social Security has programs that affect everybody. This presentation was prepared by the Social Security Administration and tells you what you need to know about Social Security while still working and what you need to know when it’s your turn to collect benefits. It also provides an overview of Medicare and Supplemental Security Income benefits.

    Recordings:

    Hear and comment on 4 recordings of this script that your peers recorded.

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    Tennessee Valley Authority Nuclear Plants

    Script:

    Let's trace TVA's nuclear history and go on a virtual tour of several of the facilities. TVA began building nuclear plants in the 1960's, responding to the growing prosperity of the Tennessee Valley and the rising demand for power.

    Today, TVA's three nuclear plants - Brown's Ferry, Sequoya, and Watts Barr - provide about 30% of TVA's power supply. The 6 operating reactors provide more than 6,900 megawatts of clean, safe and affordable electricity - enough to serve more than three-and-a-half-million homes in the Tennessee Valley.

    Have a look at these towers. Most people think that these are unique to nuclear power facilities. That's yet another urban myth. Even at our fossil fuel plants, where we burn coal, these towers are used to release wasted heat or steam into the atmosphere.

    Recordings:

    Hear and comment on 2 recordings of this script that your peers recorded.

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    The Pledge of Allegiance

    Script:

    Section 4 of the Flag Code states:

    The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag: "I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.", should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute."

    Recordings:

    Hear and comment on 3 recordings of this script that your peers recorded.

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    United States Visitor Policies

    Script:

    Is your destination the United States of America? If so, this brief video will explain new visa policies and procedures for visitors to the United States—a nation with secure borders and open doors.

    Recordings:

    Hear and comment on 4 recordings of this script that your peers recorded.

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