Thursday, February 2, 2012

A lesson on SHOW DON'T TELL

I picked up this "share" from +Jack Tar who should get some credit for a good choice of "sharing." It's a very professional video made from a really top notch professional script by someone who nailed "show don't tell" like an Olympic Gymnast nails a landing. If you are a writer, you must analyze this video to it's very foundation. I score it a 4.0 (all writers need that pair of glasses!)

STEP ONE: write down your own personal reaction to this video, what it says, what you think might be learned from it, and what it implies.  What exactly is it showing?  How might it have been scripted differently?  Why was it scripted this way.

STEP TWO: Check it out on YouTube and note the commentary especially from people who react negatively to the content or even the philosophy behind the message.  That is the most important part of this SHOW DON'T TELL lesson -- study those comments, they are worth gold.

STEP THREE: Write a video script as "cheap to make" and as illustrative of a non-verbal message, a bit of philosophy.  This could take you a few years.  Don't hurry. 

Jacqueline Lichtenberg

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