Temporal Frequency

Open your nearest book to page 82. Take the third full sentence on the page.

And haha, because I have no life, this is what I’m looking at:

“If we see an event early in a film and then there is a flashback to that event later on, we see that same event twice.” – David Bordwell & Kristin Thompson, Film Art: An Introduction (2008)

This is super basic film grammar. Like, Intro to Film Grammar 101, instinctually understood stuff. However, the range of possibility using this generic piece of common sense is quite amazing. Off the top of my head, Christopher Nolan’s Memento (2000) is an incredible example of how information can be re-contextualized as the audience views the same events more than once.

I’m going through my old syllabi from film school, as a refresher to start the new year. Hence the textbook. Right now it’s all about film form, and the beginning of the medium as an art. I wonder how often people think of film as what it truly is – moving pictures, captured by passing light through a lens onto a frame (or now, a chip). For the average viewer, maybe never. But it’s nice to look back every now and then, and remember.


Written for the Daily Prompt: Connect the Dots.