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    Writing narration

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Conscription, Oct 2, 2010.

    I'm currently writing a script and I'm unsure how to write in narration.

    Basically what I want to do is set up background history that needs to be known to the viewer and do so with an action scene of why the conflict has come about.

    If you could please give me an example using the proper format it would be appreciated.
     
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    If you're writing a narrator as just a speaking part over the top of action, simply write "NARRATOR" as who is speaking, and (VO) to indicate they're a voice over. Pretty sure that's the format my script-writing friend hammered into me when I was messing around with scripts earlier in the year. :p Then just write in the action as you normally would for a script around helpful chunks of narrator text.

    (Unless the narrator is one of the characters in the script, in which case just put the voice over indicator next to their name.)
     
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    Can you give me an example I can view please?

    Unless I have a visual aid everything you just said makes zero sense.
     
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    Basically he is saying like this.

    Narrator: Dialague (VO)
     
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    NARRATOR (VO):

    Dialogue



    I've since checked the script my movie-writing buddy edited a bit, and that's how she laid it out, and she claims she writes them in the professionally accepted way, so. :p
     
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    My perception of it would be as follows

    Narrator (VO)
    For centuries I've lived blah blah blah​

    INT. CAVE - NIGHT
    Someone is in a cave with a small fire.

    FADE OUT​

    I'm wondering if its as simple as I just laid out?
     
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    Set the scene before the narration - it's just speech within a scene, nothing special. So:


    INT. CAVE - NIGHT
    Someone is in a cave with a small fire.

    NARRATOR (VO)
    For centuries I've lived blah blah blah

    FADE OUT



    Though if your narrator is saying "I" presumably they're actually a character in the story so should really be called "Bob" or whatever their real name is instead. Just because Bob is narrating the story doesn't mean he becomes some sort of transcendental being.
     
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    Perfect, thanks :)
     
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    only mel's last example is correct... but only up to 'FADE OUT' which is only used at the end of the script and should never appear anywhere else in a spec script...
     

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