- Just for Fun
- Aug 28, 2014 4:08 PM
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- Aug 19, 2014 1:02 PM
Show don’t tell.
If you’ve read anything about storytelling (film-making in particular) then you may be familiar with the expression. It’s a principle that states that it is better to show your audience something than it is to tell them. Now this is a very, very basic idea but it’s one that has times where it’s okay to do the opposite.
So I’m gonna talk about it in a way that hopefully will be interesting and funny.
Let’s start at the beginning;
Why should you show rather than tell?
I think the best way to explain why it’s important is to use a real life example. Have you ever had a friend or family member talk to you about their cat/dog/baby/flying spaghetti monster? Have you ever had to sit there and listen to them go on and on about how cute it is? Tell you lots of funny stories about the things that it does?
If you have, chances are you can remember your reaction was probably somewhere between polite boredom and swinging a bar stool at their head. The reason is because most people cannot relate or empathise with something that they personally have not experienced. They cannot connect with a story about a baby putting a bowl on it’s head being cute, because the cuteness is a visual thing. And we’ve all seen millions of pictures of a baby with a bowl on it’s head.
Now, what about if your friend showed you a picture of their cat/dog/baby/flying spaghetti monster? Yes, you may still have a ‘meh’ reaction, but chances are you at least look at the picture. You see what they’re talking about and if it is cute in your opinion, you react appropriately.
This is what’s going on in storytelling with show don’t tell.
I’m gonna use the recent movie Guardians of the Galaxy as example because it actually succeeds and fails with this with explaining the backstories of it’s characters. Peter Quill’s backstory is shown to us. We see him at this mother’s bedside as she dies from cancer. We see him abducted by aliens. We see that he has a strong connection to his cassette player. The result is we can empathise with him when he does some stupid things (like risking his life to get the player back).
Now on the other side, we have Rocket. We’re told Rocket was experimented on. We’re told Rocket was ‘torn apart then put back together again’. We’re told it traumatised him. The result is that during Rocket’s big emotional scene… it doesn’t work. We’ve not seen how horrible this was, we’ve been told. This goes for Gamora and Drax as well by the way. We’re told what happened to them to make them the way they are, not shown it.
Now I’m not saying that telling is necessarily bad. Sometimes you need to tell rather than show. If you’ve got a big universe with a large cast, sometimes you have to tell. For example, if you have to introduce a character and explain who he is in simple terms, then yes you’ll have to tell rather than show. However even then you should at least show as much as you can. For example in FullMetal Alchemist we’re told who Lin is by his servants, but we also see that he’s a foreigner who has two servants working for him. We can make assumptions about him from there.
One of the most important elements of writing a story is making your audience connect emotionally. Show don’t tell is a powerful weapon in that pursuit. It can force your audience to connect by either showing them what your characters have been through, or force your audience into the mindset of the characters. If you rely too much on telling the audience what’s going on, you’re comic will end up just being another cute story about a baby with a bowl on it’s head.
If you want a good exercise for getting better at show don’t tell, try limiting how much dialogue you can use in a comic. Maybe try to work with a few silent pages. Really push yourself to think about how to communicate without words. You’ll surprise yourself with how effective the results can be.
But that’s just this pop culture nerd’s opinion on show don’t tell - what do you think?
- Just for Fun
- Jun 9, 2014 4:02 AM
Alright so I'm in desperate need to sit down and talk about something fun so let's talk about my favourite sitcom of all time - Frasier.
For those who don't know, here's the skinny - Frasier is a late 90s sitcom that ran for 11 seasons that focuses on Frasier Crane, a radio pyschiatrist who is living with his ex-cop father Martin and his physiotherapest from England, Daphne as well his father's adorable dog, Eddie. Other characters in the show include Frasier's younger brother Niles and his show's producer, Roz. The series usually revolves around either the two brother's being culture snobs in some way and a failing miserably, or some emotional issue that Frasier or Niles helps with psychiatry or Martin helps with his sage advice. Hi-jinks and laughs abound.
Also it was a spin-off of the hit series, Cheers and usually features cameos of characters from tht appearing here and there with Fraiser's ex wife Lilith usually popping up once and season.
So why do I love this show so much? Well it is hilarious and while some elements have not dated well, the farcical nature of the show is still glorious. The show's humour is rooted strongly in the characters and how they percieve a situation or how they want to be percieved. This usually takes the form of a character making up a lie they must then go through hoops to maintain in order to save face. Nine times out of ten, honesty would solve the situation, but the characters own neuroses results in them doing everything they can to hide the problem. This could get tired, but the show hides it's formula well and uses it sometimes in really obvious ways - "Oh no! The kitchen staff of our new restaurant walked out on opening night, we'll have to stand in for them!" - and sometimes in really subtle ways - "Oh no! Dad broke up with his girlfriend because he's afraid of falling in love again!" and with framing device of psychiatry vs old time wisdom, you get a nice mix of resolution from episode to episode.
The performances of the cast are also excellent, with David Hyde Pierce and Kelsey Grammar being excellent at both delivering witty put downs and old-style slapstick comedy. John Mahoney and Peri Gilpin do great on the other side of the fence as the more down-to-earth snarkers of the group, while Jane Leeves as Daphne is... interesting. Starting out as quite mad, Jane Leeves manages to slide into the more level-headed Daphne that we get later in the series which brings me to the part where I have to talk about the little things that don't quite stand up to scrutiny in Frasier but don't detract from it either. I'd go into them here, but this is meant to be a positive blog so I'll just say that the 90s had standard jokes that it liked to use a lot ("This character has a lot of sex!" "This guy is in love with this oblivious girl!") and Fraiser goes to that well but I'll say it does put it's own spin on them somewhat.
But that's enough about negatives. I still love this show. It's hilariously witty and has some of the best slapstick you'll ever see. The set ups are usually gold and the show takes advantage of all of them. It's a comedy that does a lot with very little (the show really only has five characters most of the time) and it has very few missteps in it's 11 seasons. If you haven't seen it, check it out and I hope you laugh as much as I do.
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