Insights from Werner Herzog

Here‘s a very interesting rundown of a master class in filmmaking taught by the great Werner Herzog. As usual for Mr. Herzog, it’s filled with unique and personal insights into the art of filmmaking.

Just one example, that has gotten me thinking:

The Parallel Story

There is one thing you have to be very careful about in both documentaries and feature films — there is a special parallel story that occurs with the audience. The audience anticipates and rushes ahead of your story. For example, in a romantic comedy, there is a story evolving in the collective, ‘I hope they kiss each other.’ If you don’t understand the parallel story you will never make a great film.

via Master Class with Werner Herzog | Indiewire.



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