Over the course of the past two years, I have been working on a feature length documentary film about my father.
As a consequence of the still ongoing filming process, I am finding myself continuously confronted with the various emotional and ethical challenges that arise from being both the son and the filmmaker in this project. I have therefore been dedicating a lot of energy and focus to reflections on my artistic practice and development.
Apart from occupying myself with the film's abstract aspects,
I have also been practically experimenting with the film's form and style. As I am approaching the post-production phase,
I have to start formulating solutions to practical questions that the editing process will pose. One of the elements that I have been testing is the use of my own voice as a narrative structuring device and as a source for additional perspective on the events in the story. I have however little practical experience in writing or performing voice-over for a film, nor do have I ever dealt with it on a theoretical level.
I therefore decided to utilize this artistic research project to start understanding this newly added component of my filmmaking process better. In a videographic essay, I take a closer look at the tool of the voice-over in non-fiction film on an analytical level and search for inspiration, insight and ideas on how to approach iit in my own film project. Based on selected film comparisons and evaluations of my own trials, the essay discusses the historical origins of the voice-over, different methods and approaches regarding its use and formulation, as well as considering potential dangers and prejudices.
As a second step, following this theorically oriented essay,
I will be putting my new found perspective to the practical test, by writing and performing a preliminary voice-over narration for a specific chapter in my film.