Voice-over: Its Importance In Creating Content

A voice-over is important in creating content. Although it is a kind of oral speech, a voice-over is first written in text to be read later in a recording studio. This text usually has no self-existent literary value but captures the visuals. If isolated from the images and other sounds that make up the environment, a good speech may sound strange, and not sufficiently understood or misinterpreted. This is why the script of documentaries guided by oral narration often takes the form of a two-column text, where one column contains the text of the speech, while the other describes the images that accompany it at all times.

Depending on the type and methodology preferred, voice-over parts can be written in every production phase, from development to the end of editing. In many cases, the speech is written by enriching the meaning of the images, while other times, its writing precedes and the images are collected based on it. Most of the time, however, the final text of the speech is not finalised until after successive writings and tests in the editing. The question of who writes the highlight is just as complex. In practice, it can be the researcher, the director, an outside copywriter, or any above combination.

The writer of the speech, however, is not only familiar with the subject or the story of the film, but also needs to understand to some extent the cinematic language in order to calculate the synergy of sounds and of images in the creation of meaning.

Simplicity of speech


It is crucial when voice acting to go for a simpler tone and speech. The orality and ease with which they are understood and received is very important for the audience. This is the case in all "traditional" means of media such as television and cinema. It should not be necessary for someone to go back and re-watch something in order to understand what has been said.

If the viewer finds it difficult to watch the narrative at one or two points, they will probably give up after a while. The sentences, then, are usually short to be comprehensible and use simple, everyday language. Difficult expressions, specialised terminology or complicated syntax should be avoided. Although already written, the speech of the speaker usually tries to hide this side of his words. The simplest way to check the orality of the voice lines is to pronounce them, to interpret them as you see them.

Voice casting

In a film that uses voice casting, the viewers perceive the narrator's voice as the voice of the film itself. Even if the editing is more or less completed with a rough recording of your own speech, the film's identity is still pending in the hands of the narrator, usually an actor who will recite the voice lines. An unfortunate choice of voice can undermine your work, while a successful one can add immediacy and character to any scene where it is heard.

The film's voice should come from its narrative core and be organic and natural. The casting of the voice finally leads us to answer the crucial question: "who is the personality that leads the cinematic narrative, who tells this story?"

Beyond any attempt to rationalise the process, the choice of voice ultimately remains a crucial part of any voice over project. Each voice has its own tone and reflects its owner’s personality, and experience in life, giving an interpretation to the narrative from the beginning, without the need for "acting". There are voices with depth and warmth, voices with a rich, charming tone, which can make the viewers "feel" the words and not just understand their meanings. You can look for candidate voices in actors, more or less specialized in this, or even amateurs whose "profile" matches the image of the narrator you have in mind or whose voice seems appropriate to you. Ultimately the choice of voice can be safely obtained only through tests of alternative voices (auditions). You can find pro voices of different types at voquent.com, which fit perfectly with your content and can engage the audience.

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