To VO or not to VO

So this is the beginning of a short film I am working on. I’m currently torn between including the Voice Over in the script or cutting it now so they don’t have to cut it on the editing room floor.  If anyone is actually reading this blog and has a thought on whether to keep or toss, I’d appreciate the feedback.

Losing Costa Rica, with VO

INT. PLANE – DAY
Overhead bins pop open. Passengers grab luggage. Little kids squeeze to get off the plane first. The flight attendants wear a plastic smile.

ISAAC VO
People on planes are always happy to get off.

ISAAC turns to the flight attendant when she taps him on the shoulder. Isaac nods but leaves his headphones in and stands up.
The plane is empty.
Isaac grabs a beat up duffel from the overhead bin and makes his way down the aisle as the flight attendants collect trash.

ISAAC VO (CONT’D)
Get back to their lives.

INT. AIRPORT – MOMENTS LATER
Isaac passes the other passengers from the plane as they hug and kiss, happy to be reunited.

ISAAC VO
See their people.

Isaac passes by the baggage claim and stands just inside the airport doors, staring out as they open and close on other passengers moving out into their lives and the blinding light.

ISAAC VO (CONT’D)
I’d rather stay where I was.

CUT TO:

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Losing Costa Rica, without VO

INT. PLANE – DAY
Overhead bins pop open. Passengers grab luggage. Little kids squeeze to get off the plane first. The flight attendants wear a plastic smile.

ISAAC turns to the flight attendant when she taps him on the shoulder. Isaac nods but leaves his headphones in and stands up.

The plane is empty.

Isaac grabs a beat up duffel from the overhead bin and makes his way down the aisle as the flight attendants collect trash.

INT. AIRPORT – MOMENTS LATER
Isaac passes the other passengers from the plane as they hug and kiss, happy to be reunited.

Isaac passes by the baggage claim and stands just inside the airport doors, staring out as they open and close on other passengers moving out into their lives and the blinding light.

CUT TO:

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2 thoughts on “To VO or not to VO

  1. This might be more powerful without V.O. I think the message is just as strong if not stronger without it. I’d record the voiceover just in case, and see how it works once you’ve filmed everything for this sequence.

    • Thank you, that was what I was thinking, I just wanted to hear someone else say it. The rest of the story doesn’t have VO, and it felt like I was using it as a crutch more than it was helping the intro.

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