Monday, December 21, 2009

TODAY'S 2ND NUGGET: Voice Overs

As another follow up on the #scriptchat discussion…

I agree with Steve Kaplan’s comment on the thread that V.O. is ok. I honestly don’t mind V.O., but newbies often overuse it as a substitute for ‘telling’ rather than showing.

Ex. The script opens up with the lead standing on a cliff. The newbie writer will write: “LEAD (V.O.): ‘I’m here on a mission of death.’”

What should the newbie do? Show him scouting the location, sharpening knives, counting bullets. Let us SEE rather than HEAR that he’s on a mission of death.

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