Making people move

Rewriting the script today.

We did a table read on Wednesday. The beginning doesn’t work, the story takes too long to gets moving.

And I’ve been trying to figure out how to handle scenes where a group of people are talking and not really moving. Time to go to the well…

I decided it’s better to make them move more and talk less, to give them props, and let the characters inhabit and interact with the space more.

I re-watched The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and saw how Bunuel moves the camera and the characters around to say so much and play with the frame.

Once I have the thought that they have to move, it gives the scenes more life. Not just speaking words, but moving each other around, pushing and pulling with words.

And re-watched Rope as well, another dinner party film.

 

Writing better headlines

I came across this Buzzsumo post during my reading for my day job in digital marketing: “We Analyzed 100 million Headlines. Here’s What We Learned (New Research).”

No, I don’t have to write clickbait articles at my job but I do have to write ads and compelling copy to help sell a product that I happen to think is pretty great. And it occurred to me that I don’t often enough utilize the skills I have from my day career in my filmmaking career and I almost certainly don’t put enough thought into headlines I would write for say a trailer I’m posting on Facebook.

Anyway, this article might be interesting to you if you’re a filmmaker and you need help convincing people to watch your videos and get interested in what you have to say.






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