The Subtle Art of Narrative Sprinkling

by Paddy Bird on
November 4, 2022

This week we're talking subtly! After an editor has mastered all of the more obvious fundamental skills of building scenes they are then forced to wade through the thousands of shades of grey, the shades that can show exactly where they are in creative maturity. One such shade is the art of Narrative Sprinkling.

So, what is it and why is it useful? Well, this skill is about identifying, planning and deliberately constructing the subtle visual elements that reinforce the overall arc of the story. Quite simply, we sprinkle elements across the timeline at key points to reinforce the intended reality.

Now, we’ll always have a journey, an arc for our film no matter what it’s duration but that journey will need to be made up of a mixture of both obvious and subtle narrative and visual cues for the audience to guide them through the experience. And this week, we’re going to be focusing on the subtle side of that equation.

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