Transition of Action
Future, Present, Past
Grammatically, every verb can be conjugated in the fundamental tenses: past, present, future. I killed, I kill, I shall kill. A noun, however, is not bound to time. “House” or “dog” or “anger” cannot be conjugated.
A verb represents action. Therefore action can be conjugated in the three time dimensions.
Dramatically speaking, past, present and future exist together in the motion picture story.
This is a fundamental realization. It would seem that because the happenings are shown in actual execution we are only concerned with the present. This is a false impression. Past and future form a very important part of the story.
A person can say in the picture: “I committed a murder.” Or he can be shown in ...