It starts by asking an open question – “What do you imagine, dream, imagine?”. Do you envision yourself becoming a hero? Or just a member of society? Does the movie ask you to think about the world from your perspective or your character’s? What about your own life experiences or what you think other people are going through?
2. Have an open mind – There’s an old saying: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” But that’s exactly the way that the movies are made from an audience’s point of view too: they ask everyone to imagine some fantastic situation, and the only way to do that is by asking many questions that create a sense of suspense and possibility.
3. Ask questions – If you need to know the answers to those questions, then you know why you’ve been here. If there’s only one thing more important than having a good time, it’s having an open mind and asking questions of the actors, directors and producers. But not even Hollywood knows all the answers! Even your favorite movie has a hidden joke or something. Just like in any artistic medium, this can give us new insights into other people’s dreams, dreams of other people and the way they can use them.
4. Be prepared for uncertainty – We’re humans first and foremost, but sometimes something will happen that leaves us in shock. It might be something as simple as a new scene which makes us think, “Oh, this might be it.” Or as complicated as the whole concept of a film or a film script. The most important thing is to be prepared for this and know the expectations from the movie’s director or cast. What will the result be? It might not be the result you wanted (see: Alien vs Predator), or maybe there’s a reason why you can’t use your favorite characters the way you want (see: Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace).
5. Follow your instincts – Once we start seeing something from a new perspective, we can usually guess what it is about the movie that you would never imagine it in practice. And just like that, we know for sure which way to go when there’s a twist. As mentioned before, the movie often doesn’t tell us in a clear way the end result of each scene, yet. A subtle hint at a possible ending is a key to making the movie fun, fun with your friends and fun for the whole family.
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