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    Default Subtitles or Voiceover? what do you think is best for documentary?

    HI guys.

    I am producing a documentary about emergence services in a foreign country.I have done all the shooting but am a bit unsure about how deal with the interviews in foreign language.

    I have a translator who has translated most of the interviews. I was initially going to do a voiceover on top of the interviews into English but an now not so sure.

    The interviewees are talking about quiet emotional incidents they have been to where people have lost their lives so am perhaps thinking it might be better to use subtitles so not to lose the emotion in their voice?

    Any advice or thoughts would be appreciated.

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    Im always for subtitles.... The original voices are more interesting and carry the original emotion, even if we dont understand everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyBR View Post
    Im always for subtitles.... The original voices are more interesting and carry the original emotion, even if we dont understand everything.
    I'm inclined to agree. There is an argument that says if you have to read subtitles you cannot really take in everything else that is on the screen so the decision might be influenced by how much detail the viewer needs to take in. If there is a lot of visual detail and you choose subtitles, this may be mitigated by cutting the visuals a bit longer than you might otherwise.
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    I'd only switch to voiceover if subtitles would distract from visuals that are important for the work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyBR View Post
    The original voices are more interesting and carry the original emotion, .
    i think with your documentaries subject matter, the above would be the best choice.
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    Thanks for the replies guys.

    All the comments on here have confirmed my thoughts on the issue.

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