“Don’t Tell Me What I Already Know”: How Steven Soderbergh Reinvents the Art of Information-Giving

“Do we understand…” How many times have the filmmakers in our audience read those words within the body of studio notes? Do we understand his or her motivation? Do we understand the stakes? Do we understand the backstory? Because moments of information-dispensing rarely provide cinema’s most thrilling, mysterious, poetic moments, they are often realized by filmmakers in the most prosaic of ways. Dialogue in a scene covered with a pretty basic sequence of shots. Let’s just get through this, you can feel the directors — and screenwriters — saying. But, as this video essay by Writing with the Camera shows, … Continue reading “Don’t Tell Me What I Already Know”: How Steven Soderbergh Reinvents the Art of Information-Giving