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Grammar of the Shot, 2nd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen, Roy Thompson

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Involve the Viewer as Much as Possible

Motion pictures really are a participatory experience. It might seem as though most people just sit and watch, but what usually happens when they are viewing good material is that they are actively engaged on many levels. Certainly, they should follow the story, but they will also experience a myriad of emotions and have visceral reactions and responses to the actions on the screen. What you show to the audience, how you choose to show it, and when it gets shown are rather important factors in the success of a motion picture.

One of the main goals of most visual works of storytelling is to keep the viewer engaged. There should always be a need to pay attention. If there is no direct involvement for the majority ...

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