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August 21, 2023 42 mins

Telling Tales in Film and Television

What makes film a compelling storytelling medium?

How does film differ from a television series?

How has moviemaking changed over the years?

Our guest is Bill Sarine – Beachglass Films is a collaborative, creative-first company founded by brothers BIll and Douglas Sarine. We have a strong history of using our skillset to create high-quality entertainment. Our brand of creativity combines new strategies and technology with time-tested filmmaking expertise.

 

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All right. Hey, welcome everyone back to the Folk Tellers podcast. Hey, uh, this is week Nine Lights, camera story, uh telling tales in film and television. Uh Our usual introduction, uh, some people call me the space cowboy. Uh This is uh Joseph Bastian and we're here with the abominable. How do you spell that? You know how to spell that? Yeah. Ok. Kurt David is here and the, uh hm, I'm not the extra. I heard you say the word A, is this like the Canadian edition of the, uh for you, the podcast for the P A? So, so we're gonna talk about storytelling uh in film and in television and we have a very cool guest. We'll bring on a little bit. Um, so I'll, I'll start with this, this quote. Um If it's a good movie, the Sound could go off and the audience would still have a pretty clear idea of what's going on. And that's a quote from Alfred Hitchcock. So, what is it about film that makes it unique, a unique storytelling medium? I'll tee it up with that. What do you think? Yeah, it's interesting because there are some parallels between television, which is what I'm involved with in film. And, and I've heard that before and in fact, I, I practiced that before. You watch a, a show without the sound on to see what that body language looks like, what the interaction the nonverbals look like. And I don't know how you do that with a film though because there's a lot to a film with music with uh you know, the visuals as well. Um But I think what, what he was trying to get at was that the story can be very evident whether the sounds on or not. I think that's probably what Hitchcock was referring to was that whether the sounds on or not these stories should be very evident. That's what my take away from that. That's, that's really good. I've got mine, I'll, I'll sit on mine until I ask Steve. So, what, what is your take on film is a storytelling medium like, right? Just your gut check or it's the closest thing to reality, right. Really? Yeah. Well, maybe tell me maybe video gaming is, um, moves even closer towards that. But obviously, when I make a film, you know, you're relating to it because it's related to other stories that, you know, are, obviously, are fictional or stories that, um, you know, uh, that have, uh been made up from the past. So it's, it's, uh, it's, it's definitely reality. I mean, um, that's definite. The other thing is, it's uh, it's very communal in my, in my opinion, like, you get to watch a movie collectively together. That's why it makes a very good medium. Right. Yeah. And it's typically like minded people that might like that genre. Right. In other words, it's a certain genre or a certain story that people attract to, like, like, you know, different movies that are out right now. There might be a certain genre that wants to watch a certain movie. It's like when we talked about music, it's very, very similar to that, you know, you get people that, you know, get, gather around to listen to a record, you know. Well, people obviously gather around to, to watch a movie collectively and, and experience that. So it makes a very good medium for storytelling because of that, of that fact. Right. That, that's really interesting. So I just thought it's something funny. So back in college, a woman I worked with, she said she goes, I had a terrible, terrible night last night. I was like, what happened? She goes, uh we went and this is when there's still Blockbuster video, right? So she, she goes, I went to rent National Velvet to watch with my mom and dad. And uh I rented Blue Velvet instead. Yeah, about 20 minutes in after the severed ear in the field. Uh The parents are like, where's the horses? It took 20 minutes to get to that part of the story. Talk about the, the communal experience. But um so, so here's my sort of my gut check on, on film and storytelling. I remember the first time. So I'm as a writer. Um you know, I write um novels and fiction and whatever so that what you do long hand, right? You're writing. So you're, you are telling, you are telling when you're writing. So you're telling the story in film. I, I tried to write a script and uh the editor just right across the front just wrote in big letters. Exposition. I'm like, what does that? W

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