There are series of writers and filmmakers from Plato to Woody Allen who give an advise: – Kill your darlings.
It doesn’t quite make sense (why should I edit out the stuff I really like?) till comes a moment in your life when a handsome darling stands in your way of telling a really compelling story.
That moment comes more often that not especially if you (like me) don’t have a storyboard.
Recently I shot a stop motion sequence which I really liked. The shadows, the mood, the strangeness of moves – I liked everything about it. But when I put it in the time line, it was too long and too distracting from what the scene was about.
Instead of killing, though, I decided to put in on the blog.
Here it is:
The black chess pieces represent the dark mental forces that hold one of the film’s characters captive. The Queen wants to have her tea served.
Let’s see if she gets it.