The Voiceover Project

I wish Morgan Freeman could narrate my life...
I wish Morgan Freeman could narrate my life…

Essential Questions:

  • What are the possible ways words and images can interact to tell a story?
  • How can voice over narration be used as a storytelling device in film?
  • What mode of voiceover narration best fits a particular character and plot?


  • Complete a 3 – 6 minute narrative short film by the end of the quarter
  • Produce a film with advanced sound and picture quality
  • Work with Colonial Sound to record original foley effects and a narrative voiceover; if inclined, produce and original music score.
  • Work with a crew of 2-4

Steps: (with your crew)

  1. Identify crew positions (and duties) for pre-production, production (shooting) and post production (editing).
  2. Write a voiceover script or a screenplay (in screenplay format)
  3. Draw a storyboard to go with the script
  4. Pre-produce the film:
    1. Cast actors
    2. Find locations
    3. Schedule voiceover session and shoot dates
  5. Record a voiceover (in Colonial Sound)
  6. Edit the film to the voiceover track (adding music and other sound)
  7. Plan and record foley sound effects (in Colonial Sound) and music (optional)
  8. Add special effects (as needed) in post production.
  9. Add titles and credits
  10. Screen your film in class for critique

Options… This project can take many forms:

  • Internal monologue (the character we see on screen narrates the world around them, as it’s happening, in the first person; could include more than one character)
  • Retelling the past (Character narrates a past experience, which we are seeing)
  • Dream (can be looser, more abstract, or seem very real)
  • Poem (narrate a poem you wrote, or by someone else; bring it to life with moving images)
  • Non-fiction (record a real person or group of people, rather than an actor reading a script; create images to enhance what they say)


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–Learn about the darkroom–procedures and technology (enlargers, chemistry, paper, exposure)

–Play with design — positive and negative space, opacity, designing within the frame

–Create meaning through the selection and arrangement of objects you find or bring in.

–Work individually to design 3¬†photograms

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Download the lecture (which contains examples, hints and the assignment) here: photogram lecture