Here are a few tips and tricks you can use at any point of creating your film.
Closer Shorter Camera Angles
Instead of using a wide shot to encompass two characters talking in an office about a necessary plot details that unfortunately is tedious to explain and (sorry) boring try closer camera angles. Try switching up the shots more frequently and experimenting with different camera angles as a way of presenting new interesting things for the eyes of the viewers so they don’t get to bored with the scene.
Dialogue Gap Removal
If you are at the editing stages of a film and aren’t happy with the timing of a conversation in the film try removing or shortening the dialogue gaps. The dialogue gaps we are referring to are those bits of blank space between one characters speaking and another characters response. You have to be careful to not make the scene sound unnatural but this is a sure way to make a conversation move a lot faster.
Scene Location Changes
This one is very handy in the writing stage of your movie. So lets say you absolutely need a few scenes to happen and you’ve done all you can to make the dialogue of the scene concise but it the script still feels slow moving when you run through it. Try looking at your scene list and figure out what scenes could be filmed in a different location. Providing a new interesting location instead of returning to a location you have already used can keep the audience visually interested and emotionally involved in the setting your story takes place in.
You have seen this in many many movies. Right in the middle of a slow moving scene a character will tell a short story about something only slightly important to the plot. Instantly you are taking away from the scene and shown the story take place. The scenes happens fast and before you can even realize the location or anything in depth about the story you are instantly brought right back to the slow moving conversation. This rapid change of pace will help keep the viewers amused and interested in the scene.
Simple Secondary plot lines
This tip is interesting because it can be used to speed up the pace of a film as well as add run-time. Secondary plots in a film are good way to pull away from the main plot. This is helpful to continue to provide new things for the audience to look at. This is a great tool if you need to give the characters in your main plot a bit of time to develop some element of the storyline without adding a long montage of images symbolizing time passing.
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