The Power of Silence

The Reverse Angle

A screenwriting professor once told me that if I couldn’t think of a valid reason for having my characters speak, or what the dialogue was communicating about the story, then maybe they shouldn’t be speaking at all. Seems like no-brainer, but I have actually lived by these words ever since. My first few short films were silent films; I simply couldn’t think of any satisfying way to have the characters speak, so I decided instead to embrace another widely-held maxim of cinema: show, don’t tell. This is not a full-proof method by any means, but it is a good example of turning a weakness into a tool for self-improvement, and a hell of a good way to train your filmmaking intellect. If you can communicate a story without saying a single word, you learn not to, for instance, waddle in exposition dialogue when you should be creating your story visually…

View original post 106 more words

By Posted in Reviews

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s