Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

Walter Murch on ambiguity

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Each stage [of the filmmaking process] leaves a residue of unsolved problems for the next stage—partly because the particular dilemma you’re facing cannot be solved in terms of the medium you’re working in right then. For instance, at the script stage there may be issues that have to be left undecided, so the actors can have a fruitful ambiguity to work with. It would be deadly if you did solve all the problems in the script—you do not want to be asking for the gods’ help at every stage—because then everything subsequent would be a mechanical working out of an already established form…

But the paradox is that you have to approach every problem as if it’s desperately important to solve it. You can’t say, I don’t want to solve this because it’s got to be ambiguous. If you do that, then there’s a sort of haemorrhaging of the organism.

Walter Murch, in The Conversations

Written by nevalalee

March 6, 2011 at 9:22 am

Posted in Movies

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