Wednesday March 28th 2017
As Britain leaves the EU on this historical day, I'm off to record the voice of Hastie Lanyon for an abridged version of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde for the BBC. Already this year has been busy with filming a commercial for ASDA, an episode of the second series of Victoria for ITV and I'm about to film an episode of The Crown for Netflix. I've been recording the voice of the major villain, Waleran in the computer game Pillars of The Earth, two film trailers for Has-Been Heroes as well as an audio CD of The Island of Doctor Moreau for Big Finish Productions. Two audio books, Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilyich, an abridged version of Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities for Balberry Publishing will be released later this year.
I am now at home in London and the days are free for me to enjoy the voice circuit once again recording such work as commercials as well as an info-mercial for France, a TV ad. campaign for Terraria, A lost episode of The Avengers some ADR on A Storm In The Stars and new computer games Shadwen: Trailing Shadows, Pillars of The Earth, Shadow Tactics, Warhammer, Vermintide and Deponia. I am so happy at how busy Niki, Faye, Lawrence, David, Dom and Mithra at Wintersons have kept me and I look forward to continuing a very happy, productive and fruitful professional relationship with Niki and her team. My voice work will still be managed by myself at this site and via the usual direct contact shown at the foot of this page. Also, I'm delighted to announce the commercial release of my fifth music collection Dreamfood which is available on www.itunes.com and, for the USA, www.cdbaby.com. This album features original instrumental acoustic guitar music referencing both the Mediterranean Lifestyle and a child's recollection of that iconoclastic decade of the 1960s. I hope you'll enjoy it: it was created specifically for that purpose. I'm sad not to have released it as a tangible cd product: a lack of both storage facility and manufacturing costs have been the primary reasons that Dreamfood is only available as a 16 track MP3 download. Being a child of the 'Album' generation, I just have to accustom myself to the fact that we all experience music in a different format these days.
You can listen to Dreamfood here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/davidshawparker2
and here: http://www.itunes.apple/gb/artist/david-shaw-parker/id151616876
In the meantime, I remain yours truly, like most freelancers, at the beck and call of the laptop: email@example.com and the telephone: 07930 335715.
Computer games have come a long way since 'Breakout' - the table tennis based game I used to enjoy in the 1970s and are now a multi-billion dollar business. Voicing the different characters and narrating the adventures is something I've been involved in for a few years now and this is one of the most recent characters I've helped to create from the series Fable which I've been recording out at Shepperton.
The Film Still Life directed by Uberto Pasolini and starring Eddie Marsan is also now available on DVD - I had two days working alongside Eddie who is a fascinating guy, very funny and a joy to work with.
The Complete Barchester Hexology by Anthony Trollope is now completed and available both online and in store and, if you wanted to treat yourself to the complete Barsetshire Immersion, you would be equipping yourself with no less than 106 CDs. If you multiply that by 74 minutes you will arrive at the total number of minutes of listening time. I wonder if that's longer than Proust? My thanks and congratulations to the newly retired Nicolas Soames and the wonderful Pippa Vaughan and John Foley for whom it has been a privilege to work.
Our recording of the first of Anthony Trollope's Palliser Novels will available from the Naxos site in March followed by the already recorded Phineas Finn later in the year. Literally, hours of fun in the happy company of Peter, Becky, Norman, Chloe, John and Sam from Motivation
And finally, a generation - or two - further on, episodes of the The Brollys, - a children's series by the lovely Shirley Isherwood which I 'story told' for the BBC - is cropping up on Youtube. I recorded these in Soho during 1989 and 1990 for Trevor Bond and Theresa Plummer Andrews. The thirteen episodes we made were shown on the BBC throughout the 1990s worldwide and provided me with my first 'voice' break.
There is now a DVD available of our production of James Phillips' McQueen - it was a very special few months at the St. James Theatre and I'll never forget the fun we had.
The Man Who Knew Infinity is now available on DVD - I had two days in wonderful company and a masterclass opportunity to witness Jeremy Irons negotiating three props - umbrella, brief-case and letter - in a long tracking shot with about a page and a half of dialogue.
Further to becoming involved in recording voices for computer game characters, I'm now doing more and more Film-Trailer voices and major villains. Here is the latest trailer for Has-Been Heroes for Frozenbyte.