Your dialogue may be awesome, but an experienced director and actors will take it to another lever.
This short video is a fantastic example of what actors and a director can do with your work. The scene is a direct re-enactment of a conversation between a two year old girl and her father, only the two year old is now played by a man. Here’s what it demonstrates.
- Setting, casting and context, as created by the filmmakers, can completely change the meaning of dialogue. Completely.
- Subtext – we understand the conceit of the piece (kids words from a grown ups mouth) and yet it still rings SO true. In BOTH scenarios, mum and daughter, as well as mum and deranged man.
- Contrast is SO important. We love contrast – big and small, sweet and sour, dark and light… And this one is Young and Old. The contrast of a grown man performing the words of a 2 year old is deliciously entertaining.
This is also a terrific example of the kind of work we can all be doing now.
- It’s cheap to do – Anyone can make shorts at this scale.
- It’s hugely innovative – I am sure someone has done it before, but I have never seen it and to me, it feels fresh and original
- The contrast and conceit is immediately ‘gettable’ and engaging meaning I am VERY likely click and play.
- Short – the film asks only a small investment of my time.
- Viral – as soon as I saw it, I wanted to forward it (it’s at 8m plus views right now).
- Universal – it’s really about family, and the experience of being around a two year old is pretty universal.
As of writing, this video has now had 12 million plays. That’s an income stream right there.
What do you think?
Onwards and upwards!