The Truth of Cinema – There’s not much to see

For once I’m not going to start with a few paragraphs of lead in. Just watch, and more importantly listen to this video.

I love the idea that with cinema there’s “not much to see”. That just to sit and listen to a film can be as immersive and inclusive an experience as seeing the action unfold before your eyes. It makes me wonder if blind film viewers are actually a better barometer of good cinema. After all when you strip out all the visuals you are left with only with the sound of the story. There is no way for a filmmaker to hide a shoddy plot hole or shabby script behind elaborate visual iconography. Instead it is the characters, the dialogue and the rhythm of the story that counts. I love that.

I also love the idea of becoming immersed in a soundscape. The thoughts of the gentleman who mentions watching The Grey, with its use of surround sound to create the desolate windy landscape of the film, make me want to put that film on right now and just shut my eyes. It’s a new way to think about cinema, a new way to watch cinema and incredibly, having watched and enjoyed the above video, I don’t see blindness as a disability when it comes to watching films, in fact I now see it as a strength.

So a big thank you to all who contributed to the video, and thanks to Academy Originals, who continue to produce loads of thought provoking and interesting content exploring our love of cinema.

James is a movie obsessive with a particular love for scores and screenplays. He has written for numerous blogs, sites and cinemas and has been involved in several screenwriting projects. He can usually be found in front of a large plasma screen devouring Westerns, 80s pulp, Jimmy Stewart movies or anything by the Coens.

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