The Nerdwriter just posted a video that’s a great continuation/compliment of my post last Thursday about the lack of good storytelling in many films today. He uses moments vs scenes as his breakdown, and I think its a good one:
“Pictures hung on a clothesline” is how I describe the feeling of disjointed and gratuitous (usually action) sequences that are strung together in the most threadbare of manners. Nerdwriter’s focus on moments really puts it down to a point, and is similar to what the HULK spoke about where the director’s sole aim and focus is on affectation.
It’s not that the visuals, or that the moments, aren’t necessarily good as they are meaningless.
Without the scenes, without the narrative, without good storytelling, there’s nothing to engage with, to be a part of, and to embody.
And that is what I find most unfortunate.
And that is why I strike this rallying cry for recapturing the skill of storytelling.
The term “motion picture” doesn’t have to just mean that the image onscreen is changing. With good storytelling, the motion is what happens inside of us, both inside, and outside, of the theatre.