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Tip #423: 7 Reasons to Add Narration
Narration adds power, speeds action and consolidates back-story.
This article, written by Jourdan Aldredge, first appeared in PremiumBeat. This is an excerpt.
For filmmakers, narration is truly a powerful tool — voice-over narration helps us understand what we’re seeing. Regardless of where you are in production, here are seven reasons you should consider using voice-over narration in your project.
- Beef Up Your Narrative. Adding narration can be a great way to beef up your narrative to turn a section from a weakness into a strength.
- Accelerate Exposition. Set things up much more quickly than otherwise possible.
- Add Depth to a Character.
- Lay Out the Broad Strokes. Especially with sequels, this helps jump start the action by quickly filling in the back-story.
- Make Your Film More Active.
- Add Humor to Your Scenes. Similar to making films more active, adding voice-over narration can also add more humor to your scenes.
- Raise Issues of Reliability. If you are looking to add narration to your project, it’s also worth considering making it less than reliable. An unreliable narrator can cause a very drastic thematic response when the truth is revealed to the audience.
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