the tools

The tools of the visual storyteller can be simplified to frame, sound, editing.

 

FRAME

"Everything we can see: the images on the screen, the faces of the actors or subjects, the motions they make, the lighting, the background, the props, and even the text."

 

SOUND

"Everything we can hear: from voice-over narration to dialogue to sound effects, music, or ambient sound."

 

EDITING

"Everything that constructs a story: the movement from scene to scene that guides us through a story; how images are placed next to other images to create new or deeper meaning; how sounds are mixed and laid over images to drive emotion or narrative."

 

 

from: The Age of the Image: Redefing Literacy in a World of Screens by Stephen Apkon

FURTHER. . .

How to Watch a Movie by David Thomson

The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens by Stephen Apkon

The Movie Book: Big Ideas Simply Explained

Setting Up Your Shots: Great Camera Moves Every Filmmaker Should Know by Jeremy Vineyard

Master of the Cinematic Universe by John Bucher & Jeremy Casper