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16mm Film Cutting by John Burder

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Narration: Pre-Recording, Matching

 

We have so far considered synchronised sound, and music and effects tracks but we have not discussed voice over narration. Offscreen narration (commentary) is used in many films, particularly documentaries. It can be recorded at one of two stages of production. You can either record “to picture” during a dub or you can pre-record commentary and edit it to match the picture in the cutting room.

Pre-recording commentary

If you decide to pre-record and edit the commentary there is no need for the commentator to see the picture at all. Perhaps it is not even ready. The commentator sits in a recording theatre and reads the script, pausing at the appropriate punctuation marks. The film director will supervise the ...

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