MOST OF WHAT MOVIE DIRECTORS DO IS TO LIMIT WHAT YOU SEE.

MOST OF WHAT MOVIE DIRECTORS DO IS TO LIMIT WHAT YOU SEE. I have thought of movies in terms of how much the writers, actors and director get onto the screen. James Cameron (Titanic, Avatar) gave an interview in the Wall Street Journal (November 3) which looks at directing from the opposite point of view of what does not get on the screen. He says: “Most of what a filmmaker does is narrow your field of view to show you just that which you’re supposed to see and take in sequentially for the story to be best presented.” Every part of editing and composition is directed to the story.

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One Response to MOST OF WHAT MOVIE DIRECTORS DO IS TO LIMIT WHAT YOU SEE.

  1. Annalisa says:

    This is actually something we are taught at the Illustration Master Class: include only details that support your story and be very clear about the story or theme of your image. Being clear and deliberate in your intention may sound like a given but many students, including me, struggle with this. It’s important for us to be clear on what we are creating and what we want the viewer to feel, and then to be ruthless in cutting the elements that may confuse or distract from that impact.

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