Tuesday, February 12, 2013

My favorite Narrator

A Christmas Story, The Usual Suspects, The Royal Tannenbaums, Forrest Gump, Apocalypse Now, American Beauty, Lord of the Rings, The Sandlot...some of my favorite films with narration, but absolutely my favorite was Morgan Freeman in Shawshank. Perhaps because it is in my top 10 films of all time, but I think it lends towards the story in such a powerful and storytelling style. Generally, narration is a way to deliver complex or large amounts of information in a short time. We don't necessarily need narration for this reason, but I feel that it could be a useful tool to help accomplish the primary objective of the play, which is to shed light on the diary and encourage people to donate other items that hold history to the library.

Because we are telling two different stories, it might be possible to use both suggestions, the inner dialog that Michelle suggested for Leah and the on stage narrator / historical perspective that Joseph suggested for Dr Merdinger. If we go with the second, it could give us an interesting style for the transitions. We could go with the dreamy, foggy-like transitions going from memory to memory while the narrator sets up the scene. Think of being inside someone mind where bits and pieces of memories are floating around and they are the triggers for scenes. 

1 comment:

  1. I like the narration style of Shawshank as well. The character Red (played by Morgan Freeman) narrates the story. I saw some comments about the narration on website. Initially, director Frank Darabont had reservations about using voice-over narration in The Shawshank Redemption because he thought it worked against a film's effectiveness, citing the original release version of Blade Runner.

    He eventually overcame these reservations during his eight weeks of writing the script, which he related to writer Stu Kobak in a published interview entitled "Redeeming the Writer: A Conversation with Frank Darabont."

    The director was quoted as saying, "In Shawshank, the novella was written by Stephen King in the first person. I had sought a very amiable folksy feel to the narrative, as if Red himself were telling you the story. Red's voice was so present to me in the book I really couldn't imagine the movie without that voice. It just seems very intrinsic to the story telling."