I used GarageBand for iOS to record my voice over. Apart from just recording it, features of GarageBand such as compressor, track reverb and echo level enabled me to edit my sound. This was a quick and a convenient sound editing software and it took me no longer than three days to finish recording and editing my voice overs.
I realized that my previous content for voice over was too poetic and dramatic and that i needed another voice over which was at a same level as the content of the video clips. Therefore, I wrote the content all over again in accordance with my scenes.
Following is my second and final voice over:
As I sit here today, I realize that success lies not in the result but in the effort. Being the best is not important. Doing the best is all that matters.
I remember sitting amongst my class fellows. People with unique talents and amazing abilities. I felt belittled and insecure and just far behind their pace. I stood in a queue with a hundred of them standing ahead of me chasing different dreams. But we all had something in common, it was our beginning and my beginning was just not good enough. The numerics and alphabets made me feel incompetent and I needed a break.
Richard Bach once said, “A professional writer is an amateur who did not quit”. And I…I was not willing to quit. I was adamant to achieve success and so I went on to seek inspiration. The tranquility of nature revived my soul and moved me forward. I could feel the air clean my inner self from anxiety and stress.
Regardless of my class performance, I am glad I took the opportunity when it struck. For it did not strike often. This was my chance. A chance that would define my future. After all this was the dream I aspired to live. To become a writer with an ability to breathe life into paper and make people sob into their hands in the middle of nowhere.
There were two extremes that lay before me and I had to make a decision. The collection of my writings, opinions and thoughts just seemed to outweigh my failed test and I finally knew what I had to do. Today, I am happy I did not let a mere grade confine me from pursuing my dream. I did not let it define my abilities. I believed in myself and had faith.
My faith relieved me from the fear of likely consequences. Win or lose did not matter to me anymore. At least i tried. I realized failure was just a step ahead from where I was then. But I learned my lesson. What you require to succeed in life is patience and a will to try. For when it dies, a dream dies with it.
I decided to add background music to enhance the quality of the film. The music complimented the voice overs and made the film seem more real.
I chose the background music from Soundcloud. After listening to various audio clips, i finally chose Unterwegs, My way, a piano instrumental which was calm and relaxing.
I needed diegetic sounds of people talking in the background for the first scene and thus i chose a clip from YouTube and converted it to mp3 format to match the requirement.
I needed diegetic sounds in the fourth scene as well to compliment the scene where the character is out in a park and is surrounded by natural sounds of birds chirping.
This is the initial voice over that I chose from a Facebook post by the page The Scribbled Stories. The poetic structure of the writing is what inspired me the most.
Have you known for a long time now how you can breathe life into a paper when you hold a pen in your hand? Or how your words can make people sob into their hands in the middle of nowhere, or how you can make hundreds of people rise into a rebellion with a simple twitch of your wand that many people like to call a pen? But when you got an opportunity to finally showcase your talent, you thought aren’t there a hundred people better than me? When you lost one competition to a girl years older than you, at the same time you lost all your enthusiasm to participate in any other. When the time came to express yourself in the class, you immediately stepped back thinking of the humiliation you’d face in front of your friends.
Where is the problem you think? What went wrong, you wonder? What should I do, you ask? The only problem that came in the way, the only thing that went wrong when you were more than capable was that you forgot to take yourself seriously. Even when you knew about your abilities, your capabilities to work hard, you backed off and made way for someone who wasn’t as good as you because you were too busy thinking of the consequences that would arise in case you fail.
Because you were too afraid of failure, and while you were thinking all about it, the one thing that slipped from your mind is that failure is still a step ahead from where you are now. Not everyone is as gifted as you. Not everyone has had a blessing cast upon him, to be as good at something as you are. Not everyone knows how perfect it is to be what you are. (Nature, bench, school ground)
But then not everybody is afraid of failure. Not everyone thinks about repercussions more than he thinks about success. Start from today. From now. Start taking yourself seriously. If you don’t believe in yourself, then who else would? Yes, maybe you aren’t perfect. Maybe you will never be as good as your idol. Maybe you will never see the face of success, and taste a sip of what it feels like. Maybe. But I have got this feeling that you, have gotten a great idea.