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…

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By Nicholas Maithya Posted in Reviews

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