Monday, 19 December 2011

Talk Turkey this lunchtime - a Merry Christmas from Matinee

Help Ed & Gus escape the chop this Christmas in the Matinée Turkey run game!

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the team at Matinée.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Are professional voice overs really worth the cost?

Sadly, at best most of us have average enunciation.  That is; we often mumble or slur our speech, and we’re just not that interesting to listen to!

However, an articulate speaker, who engages with their audience, is crucial to modern business communications.  Whether it’s presenting an idea to investors, training staff to use software, or guiding a caller through to the right department…an attractive voice is vital to success. 

At Matinée we firmly believe a professional voice over will give a return on the investment. Keeping your audience interested, motivated or reassured.  To demonstrate how dynamic our voices are, we created a short video featuring our voice artists perform challenging tongue-twisters!  And if you Vote for your favourite voice artist in our Facebook poll, you could win a basket of TongueTastic muffins!

We’ve already posted some popular English tongue-twisters.  Do you have any favourites of your own that you’d like to share?  And, if you are feeling brave, record your own tongue-twister and share it via our Soundcloud group!

Monday, 14 November 2011


We decided it was about time to showcase the quality of our voice talent. What on earth does that involve I hear you ask?  Well, what better way of bringing together a host of talented voice artists, than put them through ‘The Matinee tongue twister challenge’.

One thing we guarantee is that you will find these hard to say (without keeping a straight face!).  Go on, try saying these out loud - you’re bound to smile - we might even raise a laugh:

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
She sells sea-shells on the sea-shore.
The shells she sells are sea-shells, I'm sure.
For if she sells sea-shells on the sea-shore
Then I'm sure she sells sea-shore shells.
Betty Botter bought a bit of butter.
The butter Betty Botter bought was a bit bitter
And made her batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter makes better batter.
So Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter
Making Betty Botter's bitter batter better
I'm not the pheasant plucker, I'm the pheasant plucker's son,
And I'm only plucking pheasants till the pheasant pluckers come!
The sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick.
I saw Susie sitting in a shoe shine shop.
Where she sits she shines, and where she shines she sits.
The thirty-three thieves thought that they thrilled the throne throughout Thursday
Gobbling gorgoyles gobbled gobbling goblins.

Now that you have had time to practice, What are you waiting for?  Our Matinee SoundCloud Group is the easiest way to upload your tongue twister. There are no restrictions; you can even select your own tongue twister if you wish. We’re sure you will agree that the real challenge is to say them multiple times. So go on and impress us!

Once we have selected the top ten tongue twisters, we will cast a poll on our facebook page where you can vote for your favourite. (Try to not vote for yourself!)

If successful, the best performances will be featured in our next marketing campaign where you will gain exposure to over 20,000 clients and prospects. What better way to promote your voice?

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

In a nutshell, Quality is King!

Everyone is jumping on the social media bandwagon, and for good reason - it allows people to connect and share information so quickly and easily!  If you are in the hunt for something new to share with your audience, video marketing can be really effective, as Lee, from Hinge Marketing explains:

We agree with Lee - video marketing can be a relatively inexpensive and effective way to engage with your customers. However’ with the advent of low-cost HD camera equipment and editing software, there are now thousands of freelance video producers who claim they are the “best”, but if that were true why are they offering to work for such low rates?

Remember you pay for quality, and whilst homemade videos are fun, and organic, are they really going to give you the professional image you want?  Make sure you use a professional video production company, it might cost a bit more, but the end result will be worth it.

Here is an example of a high quality video we produced recently, for a very reasonable budget:  

Friday, 28 October 2011

Boo! Yes, it is that time of year again...

At Matinée we would
Like to engage with you online. We would
Love it if you followed
Our social networks
Where we will communicate entertaining and creative footage
Each week. We want YOU to know what inspires us
Especially now we have launched our blog!
Now please talk with us online, and join in the conversation!

Since it’s that time of year again, and this is the beginning of our blog, what better way to start than a Halloween video and to showcase perhaps the best costume ever?  We thought the “Fully functioning Camera Costume” is definitely worthy of sharing:

The Final Costume:

Check out the Behind the scenes making of the camera costume.

It’s when we stumble across individuals like this they really do make us smile. Connect with us online as we have many more inspiring, entertaining and create videos to share.