Simplifying Complexity

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” – Aristotle

Incredibly insightful video. How does this relate to filmmaking?

You can think of it this way: a complicated film can have a myriad of film techniques – flashbacks, non-traditional narrative, etc. – that will be made in an attempt to make it inventive and spectacular, but can often end up being messy and incoherent.

complex film however, can be one that just uses the basic understanding of what makes a film “work” and applies that rule to a greater extent in a multi-layered situation.

Inception for example: a clear three-act structure film that follows all the rules, but takes place in the confines of the subconscious.

In other words: keep it simple.

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