In the Land of Make Believe: Narration Scripts – Workout Wednesday
Narration for a world of make believe
This week, we step into the role of narrator and test our voice-over skills with two narration practice scripts with some help from Voices.com. You can view and try the scripts yourself here!
This was a great test for us after going through the dry, factual technical scripts last week. It also introduced us to the concept of “Partially-Voiced” Narration. We had to do vocal gymnastics in order to switch from our narrator’s voice to a character voice all in the same read.
While changing voices mid-read was challenging enough, the writing proved to be just as challenging at times. Partly because my own mouth got in the way, but also because we weren’t prepared to read text different than how we normally speak.
Wait, why are we talking about energy and emotion?
Voice-over can get us all caught up in the words, but energy and emotion are so important in conveying a story. Too much energy in a section that is setting a calm scene just doesn’t portray the author’s vision correctly.
Reading for the sake of reading helps with knowing what to say. Once we know what words are coming, then we can think about what the words are actually saying and the correct energy to put into the passage.
Our example of the horse eating grass on the mountain path showed us why high energy in a calm scene gives a false feeling of the scene and can be a rough ride for listeners. If you want the listener to understand, you need to understand first.
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