Chapter 2

Focus: Emphasizing the Center of Attention

Question: How will I focus, or frame, the action on what is most important without relying exclusively on words?

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From Welcome to Nowhere (bullet hole road), Temporary Distortion (Welcome to Nowhere by Temporary Distortion. Left to right: Lorraine Mattox, Ben Beckley, and Brian Greer. Photograph: Jon Weiss.)

We could have used many theatrical images to illustrate the concept of focus, including the standard stage shot with spot lighting dripping on a sole actor, or perhaps an open-air amphitheater where the land gently slopes down and inward, converging on the focal point of the action. In either ...

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