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Sound Design for Low & No Budget Films by Patrick Winters

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Chapter 7 Narration

It Isn't Dialogue

Introduction

Narration is different from dialogue in that the speaker or actor is not usually seen delivering the lines. First-person narration is when the voice-over is that of one of the characters in the film, usually one of the main characters. Third-person narration is when the voice-over is from an observer’s viewpoint.

Narration is often used to introduce a story, provide backstory, express the thoughts or the emotions of a character, explain a flashback, flash-forward or even the plot and sometimes to finish a story.

Purposes

Narration is an acceptable part of filmmaking. It’s a common convention in ...

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