Go ahead, cry your heart out. A blunt visual representation of a certain emotion (like the image of a crying baby) may have the desired effect of making your viewers recognize what it is you want them to feel, but it’s only when you let the emotion live in the details of your shot, that they will really feel all the feels.
CineFix dives into the holy grail of filmmaking in this video essay on emotion and try to pin-point three distinct ways of visually imbuing a scene with emotion.
So let this be not just a lesson in cinematography and directing, but also in screenwriting. Write around the obvious and let the emotion live in the unwritten layers.
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