In this session we will look at the process by which information is conveyed to the viewer in a film. We will discuss narrative strategies and explicit and implicit narrators. We will conclude with a workshop in which we look closely at film form and narrative.
Assignment Due for this Session
The great director and screenwriter Billie Wilder offered the following tips for filmmakers. What is the most important part of filmmaking for Wilder? Do you agree with him? Post your answer by clicking Post Comment below.
- The audience is fickle.
- Grab ‘em by the throat and never let ‘em go.
- Develop a clean line of action for your leading character.
- Know where you’re going.
- The more subtle and elegant you are in hiding your plot points, the better you are as a writer.
- If you have a problem with the third act, the real problem is in the first act.
- A tip from Lubitsch: Let the audience add up two plus two. They’ll love you forever.
- In doing voice-overs, be careful not to describe what the audience already sees. Add to what they’re seeing.
- The event that occurs at the second act curtain triggers the end of the movie.
- The third act must build, build, build in tempo and action until the last event, and then -
- That’s it. Don’t hang around.
From Conversations with Wilder by Cameron Crowe.