Polo Documentary

Job #14696

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Job # 14696 Polo Documentary

Posted Date
Aug 10, 2009 @ 20:38
Respond By
Aug 13, 2009
Word Count
0
Budget
$750 - $1000
Language
English (North American)
Gender
Male
Age Range
Young Adult
Category
Documentaries

Job Description

I need a voice over for a picture-locked documentary. Doc is 63 mins long, VO is 22 mins of that.

STORY BACKGROUND
The film is about a young kid from a poor background who is brilliant at polo. It is an American project but has European and South American sensibilities.

CASTING NOTES
I want a male American voice young-middle aged that is fast, upbeat without being too 'prozac happy', American Gung-ho or 'movie trailer'. Voice could have a neutral or slightly Latin American twang.

Here is some sample text.


INTRODUCTION - Bright, excited but classy - not too over the top and not too grand.

Polo is one of the oldest, fastest and most dangerous team sports on earth. Born out of Persian conflict in the sixth century BC, it spread around the world before being adapted into its present form by the British, two hundred years ago. Once the preserve of Kings, aristocrats and the super rich, the sport is now dominated by a new breed of professional players, like Argentine superstar Adolfo Cambiaso, the world’s best.

An unlikely young prodigy has come out of the deserts of California to try to follow in Cambiaso’s footsteps. With no money and no safety net, just raw talent, determination and the backing of his family, thirteen year old Santiago Torres will start a journey across the globe that will see him playing with and against the world’s finest players. Santi comes from an ordinary background and will have to prove himself in a world dominated by wealth and status. He will fight for a place on White Birch, America’s number one team and try out to play for his country. He will leave home, school and family far behind, risking everything to follow his dream of becoming a polo superstar.

In the almost feudal system of American polo, Santi and Miguelito answer to their patrone, Francisco Escobar, an amateur player, who pays the bills and competes alongside them on the field - a little bit like the owner of the Yankees installing himself on first base.

Patrones are the lifeblood of American polo. They are passionate sportsmen and women, who pay several million dollars to enter the top competitions. They receive very little prize money, instead their rewards come from the satisfaction of playing the game they love alongside professionals. Many patrones are familiar with the old saying, ‘the only way to become a millionaire in polo is to start as a billionaire’.

ACTIVE - Voice goes over a fast-moving polo game

All pros know that the best way to earn a bonus is to set their patrone up to score when he is right in front of the goal.

But that’s only half the battle…

Santi plays instinctively, not just chasing the ball but watching the faces and hands and body language of the other players, always reading the field for an opportunity to break through.

In front of his family and with the pressure on, Santi delivers an incredible all action whirlwind of a performance. He appears to be everywhere on the pitch at the same time, chasing, tackling, attacking and shooting. He caps his display off with two extraordinary goals that any ten-goal player would be proud of. The first of which takes the final into overtime, the second of which seals a dramatic tournament victory.

One man who his doing his best to push US Polo into the 21st century is Nacho Figueras, an Argentine pro who is also the face of Polo Ralph Lauren. Nacho’s idyllic lifestyle might seem a far cry from Santi’s right now but their backgrounds aren’t all that different. From humble beginnings, Nacho came to prominence playing for Argentina in the FIP World Cup before he was given his big break by White Birch, one of America’s leading teams.

SOMBRE - FATHER DIES
Santi has endured a double blow in Mexico, having been dropped from the team and then seeing his country relegated from the World Cup. But any disappointment he feels as the team gets set to fly home is soon eclipsed by some truly devastating news.

RESPONSE TIME
We need to record by ISDN this week (unless are in London - we have access to a studio in that case). Would like to have telephone access during the recording.

Please send/upload a sample and I'll get back to you ASAP.

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