Cinematic Writing

There’s convention in movies where a story that begins as an oral anecdote, after two or three introductory statements, transitions into the movie itself. And so all of a sudden, details are available that would never be included in the oral version, such as what kind of clothes the protagonist is wearing or some distraction occurring in the background. Even the slightest gesture is captured on film. But if this is all the manifestation of an oral retelling, aren’t all these details inherently suspect and unreliable?

Wonder how one might capture that same effect on the page.


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