Good Movie to Study for Visual Narrative

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Studying the visual narrative is of the utmost importance for any beginning filmmaker. Learn about a good movie to use to study for visual narrative with help from a filmmaker and freelance editor in this free video clip.

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Hi guys, I'm Justin Z. I am an independent filmmaker in Los Angeles, and I'm a freelance editor for the entertainment industry. I've been getting some basic questions about filmmaking including this one, what films are good for narrative storytelling. Well, most films are good for narrative storytelling. Most good films, most memorable films are good for narrative storytelling but basically what that means is that it's a movie that you can follow visually, just visually, without any audio. Try it sometimes, watch one of your favorite movies without any audio and see if you can follow it or try that with a brand new movie. Some examples of some of my favorite films are first of all old school black and white films, back when they had very little sound or no sound at all. They literally had to tell the story visually so one of my favorites is "Citizen Kane". That's a really good one. A lot of foreign films are very good at doing that such as "Man Bites Dog", check that film out sometime, amazing film, very visually driven. Another great film which follows a visual medium is "Night of the Living Dead," very, very visually driven, shows shots of people going from place to place with very little dialog to propel them. A not so good, narratively-driven film is one that uses too much dialog or audio to explain to the audience what's going on. Now that doesn't necessarily make a bad film. It's just not the type of visual narrative that you want to watch. A great example of a director who makes almost purely visual films that is modern is Steven Spielberg, watch "E.T.," "Jurassic Park," "Close encounters of the Third Kind." They're almost entirely visual. You can get through those movies with almost no dialog at all. It's really quite amazing. So that's basically all there is to it with visual narrative movies. If you have any questions about this or anything else, feel free to ask.


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