chapter  15
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Space, Stylized Environments, and Performances

SPACE Film abridges space as well as time in the interest of narrative compression. A protagonist suddenly remembering at dinner that he forgot to feed his parking meter might be shown in four brief shots: (a) leaping to his feet, (b) his spoon splashing soup on the tablecloth, (c) his feet running downstairs, and then (d) arguing with a meter maid. Because we can imagine what’s left out, only the key actions in different locations are necessary. Likewise, you will need to show only key aspects of a location. You can set three scenes in a baronial hall-one against the fireplace, one by the great stairway, and the last by a doorway flanked with suits of armorand the audience’s imagination will fill in the rest. People may afterward swear you had a shot of the whole hall.