The Voice over

The Voice over

There are many different types of voices over which feature throughout different movies. Each with different meanings and effects. Many people who watch movies think narration in movies  

be only neutral. However this interpretation can easily lead the viewer astray or into the directors trap.

 

Fight Club

In the movie Fight Club, the voiceover is the voice of Tyler Durdan: the main protagonist in this twisted and distorted movie. In this story he narrates his life and his perception of the world. We are led to believe his personal views are truthful and that a lot of the events in the movie are really happening however as Tyler Durden’s mind starts to unravel we begin to understand that he is  not truthful at all and that his mental well being in the movie is also reflected in the narration, he is not in control. or maybe it’s ‘a projection of the Narrator’s own psyche, what we might call ‘multiple personality disorder.’ (Myers, 2013) This subjective voice-over is something that many and me personally fell for in the movie first time around of watching. One of reasons for us falling for this twist is that the movie is so good at portraying of objective stance in narration. This makes it so believable that he is just an insomniac person who narrates the problems which are exhibited around in his day to life.

 

Shawshank Redemption

In the movie Shawshank Redemption Morgan Freeman portrays a completely opposite type of narration to Edward Norton in Fight Club, as we go back to that element of trust for narration. With the movie presented as a pastime tale as we look into the life of Ellis Boyd and Andy Dufresne. The movie as a whole helps us experience (with Morgan freeman’s voice) the great story of Andy Dufresne and how he got into prison and how he got out. This Neutral type of voice over is the most commonly used as it acts out the voice of god in which the reader can trust the voice over completely. Morgan Freeman does perfect job of with his ‘night time story before you go to bed’ tone of voice.

 

Rocky

The movie Rocky also uses a different type of narration. This narration happens in the movie when Rocky is shell shocked from critical hit in the final fight and in this brief lapse we are locked in slow motion with Rocky, with Rocky telling himself ‘remember what you said to the kid, it ain’t about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward!’ This use of subjective narration makes you really connected to Rocky as the movie allows us to get inside the mind of Rocky bringing us ever closer to the character Rocky himself.
Rocky

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Voiceover isn’t just narration it could also mean the absence of the something such as the mouth and bearer of the voice. – The voice without bearer is a term that relates to many movies. With the body presence or that the mouth is missing. For instance in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ –  The character Bane has a mask on his face and his voice is muffled. This masked presence brings different persona to if he didn’t have the mask on and in my opinion completely changes the atmosphere in many of the scene he is in. With him having mysterious persona as well as a uniqueness which stands out from everyone else.

This voice without a bearer is also used in the Wizard of OZ when Dorothy meets the Wizard of Oz. Due to the hype of the name the ‘wizard of OZ’ we instantly our met with our first expectation with this huge head and huge power. However we are then deceived when the Wizards is only the to be revealed as small wizard is behind a machine.

 

Myers. S (2013) Desciption of the Fight Club narration at http://gointothestory.blcklst.com/2013/02/studies-in-voice-over-narration-fight-club.html (Accessed on 20/03/16)

 

Figure. 1. Rocky Picture (1976) [Picture] At: https://simonsylvester.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/rocky-balboa.jpg (Accessed n 20/3/16)

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Story Project – People 21/01/2015

 

Person

I am a Tourist in your Country, I have traveled from Africa on weeks visit to see the sights of London and have read in many books. I am very interested in Shakespeare from my home country and now I finally have the opportunity to the visit the globe where it all started. If only I could find it. I don’t know where it is. I’m looking at the map but i still can’t see it anywhere. All I see is the Tate modern and it’s big brick architecture and some busker playing on the guitar. I feel uncomfortable to ask someone since everyone is so busy. This is like a whole new world in comparison to my home country. I feel overwhelmed. How can people live like this. I see two young adults walking to each other maybe they will help me

 

“Where is the globe”
“Just to your left follow the river”

“Okay, thank you very much”

 

Success, Ah I see it now. Wow this place looks amazing this is the place where it all began. I expected it to be much bigger though… Lets hope my expectations of the inside are not so underwhelming.

29/10/15 Globalization

‘Game of thrones: An American program , watched by me , my french cousins and my South African aunt’. Globalization is happening all around the world.

We see everyday the closing of the local high street with ‘total number of stores expected to fall from 281,930 to 220,000’[1] in 2018. With high streets losing to big shopper centres. As companies such as Starbucks and Mcdonald’s only to remain, what sense of identity do we have left? An article that BBC wrote proposed the question that ‘does globalization mean we will become one culture’[2]. This made me look in detail to this answer.

Mcdonalds: ‘world’s largest restaurant chain, with 34,480 in 119 countries’[3]. With people eating the same food eating routines of countries converge, as we all love the fast food option. This may just seem like a food chain around the world but globalisation’s grip is much more than that. Our English language becoming so prevalent on the internet we don’t even know it. With english speaking nations such as America making websites such as youtube,google and facebook all the most visited sites on the internet[4]. On youtube itself 7/10 of the top 10 subscribed youtube channels [5] are english speaking channels including 5/10 of them being music channels of english speaking artists. Speaking of english speaking artists 24/25 best selling artists are english speaking [6] (with the exception of celine dion who in many of her work also speaks english). Technology wise, the best selling phones are US designed (iphone 6 and iphone 6s) , as we all embrace the iphone.

In conclusion I believe I believe that world is becoming interconnected and that is nice to share similar interests. However with the common trend of us becoming closer together, the process is meaning smaller languages are dying with ‘one language dying every 14 days’[8]. Will see the culture and tradition becoming saturated into 1 or at least few ideologies? For me I believe this creates a common lie for capitalism ‘and its freedom of choice’ as we sleepwalk into a homogenous society without freefall thinking since we are all the same.

[1] http://www.retailresearch.org/retail2018.php

[2]http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120522-one-world-order

[3] http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/08/08/countries-without-mcdonald/

[4]http://www.alexa.com/topsites

[5] http://www.statsheep.com/p/Top-Subscribers

[6] http://list25.com/25-top-selling-music-artists-of-all-time/5/

[7]http://fortune.com/2015/06/02/here-are-the-10-top-selling-smartphones-for-april/

[8]http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/07/vanishing-languages/rymer-text

11/11/2015 Animation Neutrality – (Allegretto 1936) by Oskar Fischinger and (Berlin Horse 1970) by Malcolm le Grice].

This animation made me think a lot about Oskar Fischinger idea of animation neutrality. For instance William Moritz explained Oskar Fischinger’s attempts  to try to pursue the untoned eye such as the idea of a baby identifying colours and society has formed those barrier which close us into set ideals. However I would argue that in creating a animation I believe the audience has there own personal opinion/ perception through life experience and although we are confined to world and nationalistic ideals each person has their own personal perception of animation

Another animator Malcolm le Grice also trying to go against narrative structure and another form of logic we need to pursue with his works such as ‘Berlin horse [1970]’ as Malcolm creates creates different layers on top of the real life images. Unlike  Oskar Fischinger I believe this animation create more barriers through the real life screenplay of the horse with Oskars work of shapes giving me more of the freedom to decide what message the animation was trying to convey.

10/10/2015 – Jiri Trnka – Ruka The Hand

Jiri Trnka animation at first glance looked like lighthearted animation however when looking deeply into the contextual information behind some of the actions in the animation. It made me understand many of the choices that Jiri Trnka wanted to convey. For instance in the movie I believe the hand was representing the manipulation from the government at which at that time Czech Republic was under communist influence. This is shown with hand’s constant sculpting of the pointing finger, symbolizing one idea and one choice. For me I believe this was a decision by Trnka to convey the Communism’s recent attempts ban  any art that wasn’t realism.Looking deeply into the symbolism of the one finger you could argue that the hand was try to portray the government’s attempt to ‘sculpt’ a homogeneous society under set of ideals that people have to follow.