January 22, 2017 at 1:17PM

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The POWER Of A Story...

Let's talk about story for a moment. It defines a film and gives it a purpose. Without a story a film has no goal and will be aimlessly created without a fundamental guide. We tend to focus so much on image quality, cameras, lighting, and software (WHICH IS ALL VERY IMPORTANT)...but without a story or theme, it is all useless. I have seen so many movies with amateur visuals, lighting, and audio. But they pack a heart felt story.

Don't feel discouraged if you think your production skills are not at par with the pros. As long as you have a good story and can tug on the hearts and minds of your viewers... you will go far!

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Noah,

Why not point to a few clips/movies that illustrate your point. For example, if you have seen both LOVING and HIDDEN FIGURES, both are stories about characters who confront, and ultimately triumph over racism. I would argue that the story of Loving is not what gives that movie its power; rather it's the way the story is told--so slowly it makes you almost crazy--that makes it so effective. And the story of Hidden Figures, while amazing, is really just a vehicle to give us better insights into the characters of the film.

What makes you think that story is so much more important than character? (As if the two can be separated...)

January 22, 2017 at 2:38PM

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I see what you are saying and agree. My main goal in this post was to say that production skills and high quality equipment is not everything. I agree that without character, a story cannot be told properly. I understand that. I felt that character is within the definition of "story."

January 22, 2017 at 3:35PM

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Noah Rossi
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It should be noted that virtually ALL mainstream movies are based on the ancient Greek theater formula. Some push the boundaries and bend the rules a little, but they are by and large even more heavily regulated. It's been a recipe for success for decades but it's also getting really tired, to the point where I'm now watching mostly indie and foreign movies.

January 23, 2017 at 8:02AM, Edited January 23, 8:02AM

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Yea I agree. I'm getting tired of the modern Hollywood movie style. I find Docs and indie films more interesting and they have more creative style.

January 23, 2017 at 9:04AM, Edited January 23, 9:04AM

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Noah Rossi
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This is a pretty vague post, what makes a good story good? Make some sort of real argument, otherwise its as useful as talking about gear.

Character and Story are not the same thing. Actually that is the problem with indies nowadays. Too much Character not enough story. Many indies dwell for long periods of time on textural scenes that don't push the story forward, but develop the character. There needs to be balance between story and character otherwise it will feel like its not going anywhere. Also don't make blanket statements about hollywood with respect to character and stories being bland. How was Fences for you for character? I'm pretty sure the actors had full freedom to explore each role. Hell or High Water can be considered an indie version of a western, shitty story, they left the showdown out of the film that everybody wanted to see. Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine, two highly intelligent gunslingers duking it out in a pre planned time and place. But the writer took the indie minimalist open ending route instead of taking the time to write a good traditional ending, both expected and unexpected.

January 25, 2017 at 1:59PM

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Indie Guy
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I think we could go one step further - movie is a medium, story a supporting structure, yet still not the final stop. All these, in my opinion, should strive to convey... message!

For me, having meaningful message is the first thing to have clear when writing script. Story then can be built to support it.

Noah, thank you very much for opening this topic, I am sad to see this blog (even boards) are getting focused too much on gear instead of these basic principles/goals of our beloved film medium.

April 29, 2017 at 2:52PM

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Petr Schreiber
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