City Confidential Narrator Paul Winfield’s Magic TouchSeptember 21, 2009 by: Tracy Pattin
They say the best way to develop your craft is to study excellence. And the late Paul Winfield is just that. As I sit here and watch another episode of A&E’s docudrama , City Confidential, I continually marvel at Winfield’s ability to entice and engage the audience with his voice. Perhaps we can take a page from Winfield’s style for our own careers. Listening to him, I feel like I found those “Veins of Gold” that Marice Tobias talks about. Those nuggets that can catapult us to soaring voice over success. It’s that star quality that gets a voice actor noticed and hired, over and over again.
When the episode begins, we hear Paul Winfield describing the City where a heinous crime occurred. Listening to him, it’s like he’s in on a secret and eventually he’ll let us in on it too. But first, he takes us on a little tour of the town, giving its history and highlights. His voice is as relaxed and quaint as the surroundings he describing. But, all along, you know he’s leading up to something. You can’t stop watching…and listening. Then, he takes us to and through the crime in all its gory details to it’s conclusion.
Winfield passed away in 2004, but his voice lives on in the episodes of City Confidential. Although there is a new narrator, who does a good job, he doesn’t have that magical, intoxicating quality of Paul Winfield.