“Documentary is all things: life, adventure, music everything. All of your interests: Graphic design, photography… everything,” said Bill. “You’re out and you’re in the world, and you’re interacting with people. You’re having love affairs, and you’re climbing a mountain, and you’re jumping into water. Documentary allows you to do that. And because of the technology, it can just be with my brother. I don’t need 100 people behind me to do this. I can just say here’s the adventure I want to go on, and the camera is my ticket.
Into the Wild (2007), directed by Sean Penn, best showcases the skill that the actress would repeatedly demonstrate in the Twilight pentalogy: a superb understanding of how to remind viewers of all ages of the chaotic churn of adolescent emotion and desire.
It is the use of the literary writer’s technique of storytelling (rather than a technique developed especially for movies) which results in scripts that miss the essential fact that the camera medium is enormously fluid: having a voice, eyes and legs, it is more fluid than any other medium. Like the mind, it is physically unbound and can move into all levels of experience.
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