Voice Over screen shot (Kamel Films)

How a Good Narrator Can Mean Life or Death on Mars

Article Updated: 23 Dec , 2015

Stranded on an alien planet, ejected from your burning ship and with only minutes of breathable air left, your chances of survival look slim indeed. And with — something — tearing holes in your suit, you’ll likely be dead before you know it.

That is, of course, unless you have a good narrator.

“Voice Over,” a short film directed by Martin Rosete, puts you in this and a couple other similarly precarious situations, each seemingly bleaker than the last. Through it all a narration by Feodor Atkine underscores the hopelessness (in French, with subtitles) until the final reveal, which… well, I won’t spoil it for you. All I’ll say is it’s well worth 9 minutes of your time.

Watch the video below.

(Quick warning: a couple of parts are slightly graphic.)

I must say, I couldn’t help but feel like I was watching a film version of a Choose Your Own Adventure book.

Voice Over
Starring Jonathan D. Mellor and Feodor Atkine
Directed by Martin Rosete
Produced by Koldo Zuazua, Sebastian Alvarez, Manuel Calvo, and The Rosete Brothers
Cinematography by Jose Martin Rosete
From Kamel Films

h/t to io9.com

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14 Responses

  1. That was cute. Well the end anyway.

  2. A fantastic short film! Cute, seriousness, sci-fi, realistic – very much enjoyed 🙂

  3. “Slightly graphic”

  4. patrice galacteros says:

    Cute yes ,but If it si not against space what is it to be against space ?

  5. zkank says:

    The message is: Drugs are bad!
    Since the number 3 is so prominent through the clip, I’ll give it a 3 out of 10.

  6. thomas says:

    FYI, the voice over is the french Hugh Laurie (House) voice.

  7. Igor Vasilev says:

    It’s like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, only French.

  8. Phelan KA says:

    This was the Frenchest thing I’ve ever seen.

  9. Coacervate says:

    Des paroles aux actes est un grand espace.

    From word to deed is a great space.

  10. Lorin Ionita says:

    Bleak until the end. I think the music score is more revealing for the end of the action. That’s why every action that preceded death had a disturbing sound attached to it and the end was all merry and jolly.

  11. Torbjörn Larsson says:

    Ah! “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…”

    Eh, no? “There can be only one”.

    Huh! “Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…”

    WTF!? “To boldly go where no man has gone before”.

    Um, ok.

  12. Aqua4U says:

    “Ça sert à quoi?” Glorious or ignominious death? Oui?

  13. Wow, just wow, powerful stuff.

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