OK, so we’ve all seen that great scene in Adaptation where the Great Screenplay Writer Dood (Robert McKee) tells the Nicholas Cage character that, to paraphrase, to use voice-overs is a cop-out, an easy way out, an idiot loozer’s approach (way paraphrasing there).
So, that was, naturally, the scene that stuck in my mind the longest. “Hey, wait a minute! “, I thought, “voice-over is about the only narrative- thingy I do in my films, like down/side (below), and Sticky Notes™, and my live experiments with meme™“.
I’m concluding that “what I do” includes voice-over narratives, visuals, music, and other activities, each of which have nothing to do, for the most part, with each other! And that is fine by me. Yes, I can see where one might see voice-overs as a easy and non-cinematic solution, especially if you’re doing a remake of Casablanca (but, please don’t!). It is simply another tool in the filmmaker’s tool shed, and like any tool, it can be made dull by overuse (god—horrible metaphor!).
A brand new export for web of my 2009 film, down/side:[youtube http://youtu.be/COJHrI9lHCk]