How to add voiceover to a film project.

A group of children demonstrate how to use voiceover to enhance their World War Two history project.

"The ninth top tip is to 'explain your story!'

We re-join filmmakers Maya a Maisie in the edit studio where they are nearing the end of the post production on their film about World War Two veteran, Fergus Anckorn. They have now moved on to thinking about how they can add a voiceover to enhance their project and make it easier to understand. BBC producer, Steve Humphries, explains how voiceovers can be used to simplify information or make the action on screen more dramatic. The girls find part of their interview where Fergus has given a long, complicated answer. They then write a script that simplifies the information, before recording it and adding it to the project.

Two film clips then follow that demonstrate how good voiceover has been used by school children across the country, as part of the BBC's Make Film - Greatest Generation project.

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used as an introduction to voiceover techniques and writing to pictures. Students could choose some archive footage and write commentary for it. As a class you could discuss beforehand what factors need to considered, for example timing, tone and language.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Media Studies and History at Key Stage 2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at Second Level in Scotland.