We recently made a quick introduction video to Everytime. It should make really clear what Everytime is about and why it can really help you and your team be more creative, together.
In 2 short minutes, it covers the following subjects:
The Elephand Man, directed by David Lynch was released 1980. It tells the story of John Merrick, whose body is so deformed he is called the elephant man. A skilled surgeon, Frederick Treves finds him in a freak show and attempts to give him a better life from his hospital.
I had seen this movie ages ago when I was a teenager. I enjoyed it immensely. Still, it was hard to know what made it so great. So I try here to analyse it to try and find part of the answer.
The Death and the Maiden, directed by Roman Polanski, is one of those rare movie that is more than the sum of its parts. With only one main location, a remote house nearby a cliff, and 3 characters, we get a powerful and tense triangle that keeps us locked in our seats.
The characters are:
Alfonso Cuaron adapted the book “Children of Men” by PD James and created an outstanding movie out of it, where the character can evolve in a very rich and detailed world.
We are in 2027, no children have been born for 18 years. Theo, just like everyone, lost hope and wanders aimlessly through life. Until he meets the refugee Kee who is miraculously pregnant.
Our senses trick us.
Between our senses and the interpretation our brains make, there is a whole battery of obstacles.
Our willingness to pay attention.
Our desire to understand.
Our capacity for denial.
In short, we are the obstacles. So it is not our senses that trick us, but the other way round. And that’s a lot of work we are doing to make that happen.
Storytellers must be deeply aware of that, as they have to make sure their message is even clearer. Every missing word or image will leave too much interpretation. Every unnecessary one will add confusion and diminish focus.
Here is a nice drawing from incidentalcomics that illustrates very well what gymnastic our minds are capable of.
Boy A is a modern drama, entwined with a crime story and told with great humanity.
Adding bookmarks on the main plot points, using Everytime Desktop app, allowed me to understand its structure better. It now appears much simpler than it used to.
Jack meets several people on his way to get a new life. But the main ones in this story are the following:
That’s it. Only five characters are needed to get the main essence and each one has serves a very specific function.
In the Pines is the kind of short film I love. Simple storyline, perfectly executed.
Of course, by simple, I do not mean bland or incomplete. It says what it has to say, says it very eloquently, and does not get lost in useless sequences or secondary plots.
The whole short is following this young woman who is travelling through the forest. There are no dialogues. We only ever hear her through a voice message left to her mother. This message will be delivered to the audience as a voice over through the whole film.
This voice over is a master piece of monologue. It gives all the information the audience needs to know without being too mechanic. And it builds up in intensity slowly enough that we don’t see it coming if we happen not to pay attention. Until it reaches a beautiful climax.
It is definitely worth its 9 minutes.