The narration of a documentary is crucial. Since there is no actors or big scenes to watch out for, the voice over is the one that would carry the whole thing. The way that your Arabic voice over talent will narrate each scene can make or break your documentary.
Which is why it is necessary that you brief the person who will do the voice over for documentary. With proper briefing, you can expect a smooth and effortless narration with less studio time. Here are some ways to properly prepare your voice over talent:
- Send over a brief
Documentary producers always send over a simple synopsis about the documentary to the voice over talent would help him/her get an overview what the documentary is all about. The ideal practice is to scout a voice over talent during the production of the documentary and send him/her the initial synopsis and filmography of the project so the talent will be aligned on the objective and purpose of the film.
- Send a furnished script
The process of creating the script of a documentary is different from film and TV series scriptwriting. Most of the time, the full script of the documentary is developed after the director and scriptwriter are able to finish the filming. So the script would have to come last. Once the final script is furnished, be sure to send the script along with the final edited video of the documentary.
- Let the artist watch the final video
The reason why documentary filmmakers and producers send a copy of the final edited film to the voice over talent is to let him/her see the final product and let him/her figure out how he/she will do the narration. It would be best if the voice over talent can sit down with the producers so he/she will know what parts of the film would be emphasized for voice over purposes.
- Run through the lines together
Doing test runs are common amongst voice over talents. You need to run lines and do a pre-recording recording so both parties would know what kind of voice modulation and pitch is needed to make the narration smooth and appropriate.
- Indicate lines changes
Changes in script is common, even during the recording stage. Be sure to inform the voice over talent about the changes and which parts of the script were retained or updated.