Andrew Stanton, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “WALL-E,” “Toy Story” and other hit films has said that “the audience actually wants to work for their meal. They just don’t want to know that they’re doing that.”
Mystery is what drives new romances, leads us to discover new worlds and compels us to tell stories. It’s the insatiable-sapien quest to know and find meaning.
This is where radio trumps visual storytelling; because it allows the listener to craft their own world. Radio producer and filmmaker Andrew Norton says visual storytellers walk a thin line; they could potentially produce something “…worse than [the audience] is imagining.”
The key to great visual storytelling is subtlety – inject mystery into what the audience sees. Don’t whack your audience on the nose with your story; make them work for it.
In Episode 2 bonus episode of Raindance Step & Repeat (above) Norton talks about how creates radio-style mystery in his films.