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Chapter 13. Voiceover

13. Voiceover

To paraphrase an old expression, “If it ain’t on the page, it’s not on the stage.” Story is arguably the most important part of any production, and it is the dialogue—what people say both onscreen and offscreen—that drives the story. But to understand your story, your audience must hear what is being said clearly and without annoying noise or bad sound edits. Dialogue comes from many sources, with production sound being the most predominant. Whether your dialogue encompasses a voiceover narrator, on-camera interviews, cinema verité dialogue, or scripted dialogue, audiences want to understand all that is being said. So, cleaning up and presenting your dialogue at its best has to be the primary focus in post-production.

All you need to remember is this: Build your soundtrack around the dialogue. And then let everything else fall into place around the words. In short, dialogue rules!


  

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