A Matter of Trust

Posted: December 28, 2012 in Film Journey, Musing
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I’ve always done it, I continue to do it, and I recommend doing it. I’m talking about when you come across an article, a paragraph, or a quote, that really speaks to you, tear it out (or at least copy it) and keep it in a folder. This is a great folder to go through when you have that book or screenplay finished, and you want to give it one more “going over” to get it to your next level. (Of course, you can go through the folder at any time during the writing process.  In fact, some things jump out at a particular point in the writing process that might not mean as much at other times…) I think this always helps to keep one on their toes.
Flipping through a favorite book periodically can achieve the same end, too. Case in point: on a recent trip through Robert McKee’s “Story,” I came upon this insightful section on Exposition.
“Never include anything the audience can reasonably and easily assume has happened. Never pass on exposition unless the missing fact would cause confusion. You do not keep the audience’s interest by giving it information, but by withholding information…” (McKee, “Story” page 335-336)
I see this time and time again (and I am guilty, too!), especially in the faith-based genre. It seems so many times we have to explain that “he had a moment of epiphany/conversion/change of heart/etc” instead of letting the obvious speak for itself. (And don’t even get me started on all the voice-overs prevalent today…) We need to trust our stories, trusts our visions, trust our visuals, and dare I say it? trust our audiences.


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