Friday, June 5, 2015

Fiction Friday - Eliminate the extraneous detail

So I'm talking to my filmmaker friend, who wrote and directed one of the most awesome short films in the history of short films, and she was telling me that the crew guys really wanted to build a fire pit on the set of her New Zealand short film, because the guy was out camping.

She vetoed it, feeling that it would just be an extraneous detail. That if people are noticing the absence of the fire pit, or even just looking for it, then they're not even watching the story, and they've already lost them.

I try to keep that in mind. Extraneous detail is bad.