The Artist and purposeful storytelling

I finally got to see this gem of a film last week during a lovely sunny afternoon date.

While there is so much to whole heartedly love about this film, the thing I am still holding on to in my brain is how purposeful the storytelling was.

There’s a lot of technology and accessibility that we have at our disposal as creative people living in this awesome century– however, just because you have the ability, doesn’t mean it’s appropriate for the message.

Watching The Artist really sunk in that we take our instantaneous accessibility for granted so much that we can’t even realize what it was like before we had it. Maybe it really is taking a step back from the bounty that is 21st century technological achievement and focusing on what we’re actually trying to communicate.

I’ve seen silent movies before, even my beloved Triplets of Belleville was technically silent- but The Artists’ use of sound as a detailed effect made its use (and removal) that much more poignant.

The image above is pulled from a scene I thought best expressed the storytelling technique used. Instead of a visualized interior sequence showing the actresses’ longing for male companionship or comfort, the simple use of miming created that effect for us all too beautifully.

Working out the best execution in order to support the meaning/concept might mean you are in a seemingly never ending cycle of search and failure, but the process of refining a solid idea has it’s own rewards. Things are always that much cooler when they have a backbone of concept as WELL as the shiny veneer of whatever-treatment-is-in-right-now.

As I’ve been told before, “You don’t always need to use the same tools over and over again. Put them away, find new ones, and grow”

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