Watch: Profile on Ensemble Staging Featuring 'Memories of Murder'
"Directing is a matter of emphasis - you emphasize what is important, by under-emphasizing what is less so." Need filmmaking inspiration? Watch this. We don't feature enough of the videos made by YouTube user Every Frame a Painting, and they're always fascinating to watch. The latest one is a profile on ensemble staging, or the art of setting up an ensemble of actors within scenes as part of visual storytelling. The film used to explain this is Bong Joon-ho's Memories of Murder, a fantastic murder mystery thriller, and the perfect reference for this technique. There's some great quotes at the beginning as well, and plenty to learn.
Thanks to Kottke for the tip on this. Description from Every Frame a Painting's YouTube: "How do you emphasize to the audience that something is important? Well, you could always cut to a close-up, but how about something subtler? Today I consider ensemble staging — a style of filmmaking that directs the audience exactly where to look, without ever seeming to do so at all." The video features many scenes (no spoilers!) from Bong Joon-ho's 2003 film Memories of Murder. For more info and the list of the Eight Ways to Get the Audience to Look at a Character, visit his YouTube. Now get out there and make your own film!