Visual Storytelling

Visual Metaphor

One of our most important tools as filmmakers is visual metaphor, which is the ability of images to convey a meaning in addition to their straightforward reality. Think of it as “reading between the lines” visually. In some films, things are simply what they are. In others, however, many images carry an implied meaning that can be a powerful storytelling tool. A couple of examples: in Memento, the extended flashback (which moves forward in time) is shown in black-and-white and the present (which moves backward in time) is told in color. Essentially, it is two parts of the same story with one part moving forwards and the other part told backward. At the point in time where they intersect, the black-and-white ...

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