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Filmmaking Is Not Just About Acting

Whenever I hear people discussing a film, the first thing that most commonly becomes their focus is the acting. More commonly than not, this is the basis for a person’s loving or hating a film. But, filmmaking is about much more than the acting. This is the thing that few people have developed the vision to understand as they evaluate a film.

For anyone who is not a filmmaker, it seems that, when critiquing a film, all they focus upon is the actors. Sure, for a story-driven film, the acting is a central part of the watching experience. For the filmmaker, on the other hand, they understand that so much more goes into creating a film than simply the actors saying their words.

I could go into a long discourse here about all of the things that go into making a film such as the locations, the sets, the props, the costuming, the lights, the cameras, the lenses, the camera angels, the sound, the blocking, not to mention the editing and the soundtrack but until a person has actually experienced what it takes to create all of the elements of a film all they are left with is their opinion about what they are viewing. Thus, what they describe after watching a film is almost completely defined by what they do not personally understand. Moreover, if a person has not been a participant in actually bringing all of the components of a film together, again, they lack any true understanding of what it takes to create a film either on the low or the high budget level. Again, all that is left is their estimation about what they have viewed.

All art is defined in the mind of the viewer. How one analyses art is defined by a person’s individualized understanding of art. How much a person has studied and learn about the actual inspiration, creation, and evolution of art highly defines how they will approach any form of art that they see.

So, what does this tell us? It explains that all understanding is defined by what an individual does or does not know. It is framed by a person’s ability to see beyond the obvious. It is categorized by what a person is willing to understand. It is delineated by one’s desired ability to see beyond the obvious.

There are a million things that go into all elements of a life. Think about your own life. How many things are there that have created who you are? How many thoughts, feelings, and life-actions do you take everyday to create your life-experience. And, how many of those things are only known to you or the people that are close to you? How many of those subtle elements will never be known by the vast masses of the people Out There? Yet, those are the people who view your life and believe they know what is going on with you. But, how can they?

All life is based upon a subtle interplay of the all and the everything. Much of this STUFF is very unseen. Yet, it defines all of our lives.

Watching a movie and then evaluating that movie is an ideal example of how you interpret life. Do you study the subtleties? Do you contemplate the unseen? Or, do you simply cast your judgment based upon what you like or dislike and what you think you know?

All art, all life is a sublet manifestation of a person’s personal reality. As no one can really know you, how can you believe you know the subtle reason(s) of anyone else?

Allow all things to be as they are and you are free. Allow all things to exist in their own perfection and all is well with the world. Judge and all you have provided is an unsubstantiated opinion. What does that leave the world with? Nothing more than the fact that you have proven that you do not know what you are taking about.