Story Telling and re-editing No Country For Old Men

Hi blog.

I’ve started writing a short film script. The motivation, initially, was so I would have something to edit. HOWEVER, that’s since evolved (quickly) into what some may refer to as ‘full blown obsession’. I have a problem when it comes to learning new things, I can’t control myself.

So, story-telling.

As per my usual approach to learning something, I’ve been soaking up as much content as humanly possible on the topic and it’s even more fascinating than I could have ever imagined (isn’t everything though? the correct answer is yes).

One video, in particular, has stood out to me in terms of what a great story is:

She outlines a concept I really enjoy which is ‘presenting a situation vs. telling a story’. To awkwardly paraphrase; telling a story is deeply tied to your main character. If the character was removed the entire plot would be different because the motivational forces within the character, positive or negative, are fundamentally tied to the story. If you’re presenting a situation the character could be swapped out for ANY character, and it would change nothing about the experience of the story. Make sense? Great, moving on.

I think another reason I’m so interested in story-telling now is because it is FUNDAMENTAL to approaching an edit. Good (or great) editing is not about making something look good or be emotive, it’s about telling a story. Human beings are driven by story. Look at the greatest works of art through-out history. They tell stories. Whether they tell their own story or they evoke personal stories. It’s how we as people make sense of the world and ourselves within it.

I was going to wrap up that previous section with something more ‘closing’ but no.

Re-cutting No Country For Old Men time!

In my last post I mentioned recutting this film, chosen for a couple of reasons;

a) It has no score so I can add my own music and take it where-ever my imagination desires.
b) It’s relatively slow so I have some nice long shots and well paced dialogue to play with.
c) It’s just a great film in general.

As far as the technical side of recutting something goes; I have NO clue how to best approach this, since I’ve never done anything like this before, but I’ve figured the best place to start is to cut out each scene. Take the entire film apart so I have a lot of elements to play with and I can rebuild it into something new and shiny and cool.

It looks a little something like so.

I’ll then create more folders and re-organise the scenes differently. Like, per character or per location perhaps. To make navigating all the clips easier.

From there I’ll need to find something compelling within the story to focus on since this is going to be a short film version.

I have a lot of work to do.

I don’t know why this post is so serious. Weird.


Until next time!!

Story-tellingly yours,

Sonja Sonja Bo Bonja

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