A Young, Bright Screenwriter Explains Why "The Force Awakes" Rules And "Rogue One" Is Sloppy

Submitted by: fancylad 5 months ago in Entertainment


And after watching this video, I'm convinced -- this amateur filmmaker is not wrong.
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Male 756
13 Minutes to explain? I'll do it in 1 sentance;

George Lucas involvement VS No George Lucas at all.

Done.
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Male 360
Disagree with the 'Show Don't Tell' idea. Yeah, it may be more conducive to making more box office money, but personally I enjoy leaving elements of a story up to interpretation/imagination. In no way does this make a movie superior/inferior; it's simply a different method of telling a story. 
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Male 846
mrsnowmeiser "Show don't tell" means to reveal a character's essence by having that character do things that demonstrate it rather than having someone else explain why.  It doesn't mean "show everything or tell everything". The quantity of information provided (less or more) is independent from the how it is revealed (show vs. tell).

I fully agree that leaving out why Han is a self-centred rather callous individual (cantina scenes) and his full motivation behind taking on the risk of transporting the two travellers makes his character better.  Leaving out the added scene between Han and the Hutt was the right decision.  The lack of any significant backstory for Han throughout the series is one of his character's strengths. 

Han taking action against Greebo (by being the only guy to shoot, not bloody shooting first - different argument for a different point) clearly marks him as someone who is sneaky but a survivor.  It makes his character stronger by demonstrating his street cred, backing up the impression we had through his discussions with Luke and Ben. 

We don't trust Lando initially because of how other characters react to him and talk about him, but his character isn't stronger until he actually betrays them (yeah, it turns out he's a softie, but that is a later reveal).


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Male 455
mrsnowmeiser I agree. Sometimes showing is best, sometimes telling is best and sometimes not showing or telling is best. Some of the best movie moments are mysteries. 

I think that there is a temptation by the lazy writers / directors to exposit bluntly and without nuance and it shows up more when being explained a linear adventure like star wars
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Male 1,738
toetagmodel2 I think you're saying that sometimes you'd rather a director not show and not tell, which can be even more powerful in certain situations.

Showing can usually be more powerful than telling. Leaving things open to interpretation can sometimes be even more powerful than either showing or telling. But in 98% of situations, simply telling is not as powerful a storytelling technique as showing can be.
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Male 1,738
I couldn't agree more. This is also why Suicide Squad sucked. I don't want several people telling me that Harley Quinn is crazy. I want her to be crazy! I don't want to be told a backstory. I want the characters to hint at the backstory and have those character elements pop up over and over again until I gradually understand what that character is about.

*spoiler*

I seriously cared a lot more when K-2SO died than when Jyn Erso died.
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Male 3,419
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfJRm0WssOE

AT-STs AT-STs AT-STs AT-STs....
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