How a Good Narrator Can Mean Life or Death on Mars

by Jason Major on January 28, 2013

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Voice Over screen shot (Kamel Films)

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

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A graphic designer in Rhode Island, Jason writes about space exploration on his blog Lights In The Dark, Discovery News, and, of course, here on Universe Today. Ad astra!

Laurel Nendza January 28, 2013 at 7:06 PM

That was cute. Well the end anyway.

Simon Donaldson January 28, 2013 at 7:29 PM

A fantastic short film! Cute, seriousness, sci-fi, realistic – very much enjoyed :)

Foomandoonian January 28, 2013 at 7:29 PM

“Slightly graphic”

patrice galacteros January 28, 2013 at 8:36 PM

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

zkank January 28, 2013 at 11:05 PM

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.

thomas January 28, 2013 at 11:51 PM

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

Igor Vasilev January 29, 2013 at 1:02 AM

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

Phelan KA January 29, 2013 at 1:36 AM

This was the Frenchest thing I’ve ever seen.

thomas January 29, 2013 at 10:39 PM

you should travel more

Coacervate January 29, 2013 at 7:38 AM

Des paroles aux actes est un grand espace.

From word to deed is a great space.

Lorin Ionita January 29, 2013 at 8:29 AM

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.

Torbjörn Larsson January 29, 2013 at 9:54 PM

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.

Aqua4U January 30, 2013 at 12:37 AM

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

Robert Michael Gomm January 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Wow, just wow, powerful stuff.

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