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In the Eye of the Sand Tiger Shark, in an Indie Film, “In a World”

February 08, 2014

At USCB Center for the Arts, indie film, “In a World” occupied one of our very own world’s delightful Monday nights… In fact if you are just tuning in-- every Monday night at 7pm, you can delight your "inner movie going self" to an indie film at USCB Center for the Arts! I encourage you to check out the enchanting movie experience!


USCB’s Center for the Arts showing of indie film, “In a World” was an absolute treat to our southern souls (and the non-southern souls alike). With all its absurdities, beauties, curiosities, and discoveries, “In a World” is built to surfeit your cravings for an adventure that follows pulsing passions, built to quench your thirst for die-hard, ab building laughter, built to remedy your deeply sought comforts of a heart tugging love story, and most of all built to answer to your ambition: crying out to be motivated, pleading to be encouraged, hopeful to be inspired, and waiting to be rivetingly reawakened. “In a World” is our movie - guaranteed to evoke, within that cage that holds your heart, heavy sighs of appreciation.  

Says character Sam Sotto: “A voice is not just a blessing. It’s also a choice.” –and it’s true…

We fall deeply in love with the characters in this world, and what they say, and by which they say it with. Furthermore we learn and relearn the truth in this revelation, that a voice is indeed a blessing, as some of my blogs (A Sand Tiger Shark Tuesday and Sand Shark Speaking: Public Communication) have already stumbled onto; in addition --voice is a choice, and one we must continually choose to have, build, and utilize. “In a World” for a years on end vocal traineelikemyself has captured my heart, and replays in my mind throughout the day with each voice I encounter—including my own.

“In a World” film summary:

“Carol Solomon is a struggling vocal coach. Propelled by the hubris of her father, Sam Sotto- the reigning king of movie-trailer voice-over artists, Carol musters the courage to pursue her secret aspiration to be a voice-over star. Her fiery sister, Dani, becomes a trusted confidante, and Carol engages the skills of a charming sound techie named Louis. Armed with renewed confidence, Carol lands her first voice-over gig, a primo spot nabbing the job from industry bad boy Gustav Warner. And then the real trouble begins. Carol becomes entangled in a web of dysfunction, sexism, unmitigated ego, and pride.” - IMBD

An Awesome "In a World" Synopsis by blogger, Odie Henderson of Roger Ebert Blogs:

“ 'In a World’ contemplates both the power of the male voice and the empowering of its female counterpart. Writer-director-star Lake Bell uses the world of voice-over to slyly explore how society has shaped our ears to accept stereotypical gender roles. She accomplishes this not by preaching, but by observing the personal relationships she has created for her actors. This is not just the story of a daughter challenging her father on the voice-over turf that made him a legend, it's also about how the use of conversation and voice craft our identities. The speaker has the floor, and whether you listen has a lot to do with what you are conditioned to hear. This is a very good movie...

Voice-over is an integral part of the sale when it comes to commercials, movie trailers and television show announcements, and the more memorable the better. But did you ever notice that most of these announcements are made by men? ‘In A World…’ evokes this notion with its title, a phrase made famous by the late, great voice-over artist Don LaFontaine. His is a voice you don't forget, employed effectively over trailers for movies great and terrible. When I think of memorable voice-over announcers, my brain always retrieves LaFontaine, Don Cornelius, Ernie Anderson, and Adolph Caesar. Cornelius was the host of Soul Train. Caesar, the fine actor who played Old Mr. in 'The Color Purple' ... And Anderson was the voice of the ABC of my childhood. I can still hear him imploring me to watch 'The LUUUUUUUV Boat.'

The question ‘In a World…’ wants to consider is: Why didn't I immediately think of any women?" –Odie Henderson of Roger Ebert Blogs

"In a World" moved into my own heart and reminded me of who I am and where I come from... and well, where I come from is (in part) a little girl from New Jersey. This is to say: thick nasal accents, bird sounds like board, and Jersey sounds like Joorseee. Then too, I come from a little girl with a toothy smile and frankly a sort of embraceable lisp. Moving to South Carolina, at age seven, I was stared upon as a little alien creature from “Planet Nasally-Lisp” --It was not long until I was receiving vocal coaching to break the lisp. By high school I was being broken of a heavy nasal vocal component in my voice and a strangely meshed "southern-yankee" accent during the span of attending an incredibly proficient and intensive theater program at South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. It’s not that I believe everyone should sound a certain way, it is that I believe we shouldn’t. Why succumb to the voice ladled onto me and molded around me as that which is "my own"? Why succumb to a voice that is maybe all I have ever known my voice to be? Instead I want to explore my voice, play with my voice, hone my voice, expand my voice, strengthen my voice…discover my voice, and this is where who I am comes in. My voice still wants to be explored, still wants to play - my voice is still starving to grow, still hungering to be understood, my voice is ambitious to expand and strengthen and finally overcome the muted potentials, its forgotten depths…my voice is still searching to be discovered in a world where voices are so easily lost.

 This (and so much more) is my voice.

Yours Truly: Sand Shark, thankful to those who help me find a voice in this world,

                                                                                                                                        Erin Dailey