Film Courage: We talked about text, subtext and context. What does each item mean?
Adam Skelter, writer, director, story artist: Well that’s a big subject. Text, subtext and context…so ultimately it is about a character wanting something, right?
Every story is about a character wanting something and then facing a conflict to get it whether they get it or not.
So when they want something they have a desire. That desire is expressed through subtext. If I want this glass of water I’m going to take the action right? So the subtext is that you can infer I’m thirsty or I’m looking for some sort of like physical distraction to keep my hands busy or something like that. [Takes a drink of water and gulps].
Film Courage: And the gulping is part of that, too.
Film Courage: Maybe I’m about to confront you on something or I’m your boss or you know whatever, I’m an ex-girlfriend…there’s just so many things and you’re like “Gulp…what’s she going to say to me?”
Adam: Exactly. So a lot of that is about interpreting, we are guessing what a character wants from the behaviors they are exhibiting right. Now the context…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
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