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The Pose

Theater is about the narration and dialogue, while movies are about visual storytelling. The audience's view cannot be controlled in the theater the way we can control it in the movies. Consider how strange it would be to go to a play in which the audience had to physically move in toward the stage to simulate a close-up. Even if they took turns, the audience's experience would be boring.

However, one very important lesson learned from the theater carries over to film: the pose. The theater audiences toward the back of the theater (a.k.a. the cheap seats) have to be able to tell what is happening onstage without being able to hear everything. This is accomplished visually by the actor's poses.


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