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Old 05-13-2018, 07:28 AM   #1
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Voiceover - Is it ever a good idea?

Is there a time and place for it or is it always something you should avoid?
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It works when done well
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Old 05-13-2018, 08:45 AM   #3
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Is there a time and place for it or is it always something you should avoid?
Yes, there is a time and place for voice over. It isn't something
you should avoid.
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Old 05-13-2018, 09:33 AM   #4
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Am I assuming you mean ADR?
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No he means voiceover narration, in a script, V.O. Like in Goodfellas.
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Dexter has effective voice-overs, because they display his thoughts, while his dad is his consience.

Amélie starts with an effective VO introduction.

But yes, it can also turn out as lazy and on the nose.
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“Forrest Gump” was driven by VO. So was “Fried Green Tomatoes”. Both films used it effectively, as a first-person narrator told the story. Also, “The Princess Bride” was narrated by the grandfather reading the story to his grandson.

On the TV/sitcom side, look at “Scrubs” for good first-person narration. And “Arrested Development” used third-person omniscient quite well.

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Am I assuming you mean ADR?
It’s kind of important to know the difference.

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I think my favorite V.O. movie is A Christmas Story. The voice is perfect. The storytelling is perfect.
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I think my favorite V.O. movie is A Christmas Story. The voice is perfect. The storytelling is perfect.
Yes! Can’t believe I forgot about that one.
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And don't forget about "The Shawshank Redemption."

Voiceovers are "bad" when they are used to cover plot holes, etc. in an attempt to rescue a film.
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Agreed. Or to dictate history that is unimportant to the story. In other words, narration for the sake of narration... annoying.
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Am I assuming you mean ADR?
Why do you assume that?

ADR is a post production term that has nothing at all to do
with screenwriting. Voice Over is used in screenwriting often.

So many great movies have used V.O. You guys have touched
on a few. There are so many options open to the screenwriter,
we should learn to use all of them.
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"Forrest Gump" is one of the more interesting examples of VO usage. The entire VO was recorded on location - the park bench scene - so that Tom Hanks was completely in character. It was also the first scene shot so the narration could be used to dictate how long the VO would take before the dialog would begin in subsequent scenes. Forrest's VO would set up the dialog or even answer himself during or at the end of subsequent scenes. They did have to record a few lines after editing to tie up a few loose ends during the ADR sessions.

You should watch the "Making of" materials on the DVD, which covers this and many other aspects of the film.
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Best voice over in movie: Fight club.

Best in TV show. Mr Robot

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Old 05-14-2018, 04:46 AM   #15
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I just watched Molly’s game which uses VO quite well IMO. There’s a time and place for everything. As long as you don’t use it as a crutch for exposition, I think it can work fine.
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