Friday, December 7, 2007

Tension

"Grandage is alive to the fact that uncontrolled rage is profoundly uninteresting to watch: If emotions boil over, tension evaporates. " David Benedict of Variety reviewing Grandage's production of Othello with Ewan McGregor as Iago.

There were two revelations in that statement for me. The first is that it may be why I don't particularly care for most reality shows. Especially the "I'm Better Than Everyone Else So I Can Treat Them Like Shit" shows. The people seem to be cast because they have no emotional control. And it's boring. Put one person in the mix who is polite and helpful, but plotting something for later and it gets a little more interesting.

The other is with regard to writing, of course. The long slow simmer is what builds tension. And it can be incredibly hard to do. But it has me thinking about both Vesta and MMG. I will be more aware of this in the rewrite process (and it'll be there in the back of my mind for the first draft of every book from here on out).

1 comment:

Whittaker Luckless said...

I kept learning that same thing from Joss Whedon. He seems to say of everything--Buffy, Firefly, etc--that when he directs he almost always tells his actors, "Hold it back." "Keep it quieter." But he occassionally goes, "Let it all out." Those are the times I watch more closely, to understand precisely why.

It's all very interesting and confusing.