I have a milestone : Koyaanisqatsi. An hypnotic flow of music and images, and not a word. The splendor of the Earth with the craziness of men.
They made others, Anima Mundi about animals, Powaqqatsi about men working, Naqoyqatsi about violence.
Then, other “images symphonies” like Samsara, Chronos and Baraka, Dogora.
But there’s another category of “non-verbal films”. It’s when documentaries just SHOW you things. People are interviewd, or you hear them talking in meetings, but there is no narration. No voice who’d tell you what to think, no narrator who’d lead your brain where it’s requested.
You watch and you make your own opinion, like in Berkeley, by Wiseman.
This could lead to another article : “the voice-over problems in documentaries”.
Most of the time it’s redundant. Or it explains too much, you feel like a lectured kid.
It’s time to Google :
“Best Documentaries of all time” and have one month journey.
Have a nice day!
In a Hemingway short story, the only visual information we have of a couple talking is that she took off her hat and put it on the table. Though, you can almost SEE them when you read the text, because of what they say.
In a book, do you prefer to read
- “She was sad, and about to disconnect herself from reality”
- An inner monologue as if she had a microphone in her head
- A description of her movements, her mouth, her actions
…showing her disconnected sadness.
Well it’s the same for movies. Do you want to see someone act slowly, randomly and break something, or do you prefer a narrator explaining that “This day, she was bored, sad and electric”?
“Behaviorism is a school of psychology that studies that only behavior that can be observed or measured. It does not include the study of emotions or motives”.
Of course, there are behaviorist writers, who like to SHOW what’s happening instead of EXPLAIN the psychology of characters, as if they were a god.
Tool : What could YOU do about this tool, this pattern, in another field, in poetry, photography, marketing? Show or explain? Do you consider you audience as ignorants you have to tell everything to, or do you trust their mind, their intelligence?
she took off her hat and put it on the table – what does it mean?
Thanks for reading!