Because our culture, at its very core, is about taking risks with our lives.
We are all going to die, and when we do, the things we do in the moment will matter. We could be dancing or we could be sitting in a classroom studying for that bar exam in five years, or we could be having a conversation with your sister or your parents over the weekend or maybe you could be at dinner with your best friend.
What are we going to do? We are going to get up and dance, we are going to take risks with our lives, the way we think about it is going to be so much more than the things we enjoy doing.
If we want to make anything, this is going to be so much more than just dancing.
When we say that “The Dark Knight Rises” is our “dream film,” we are not talking about an epic spectacle about a man who escapes the Joker’s clutches and faces The Man in the Gray Red Suit, as in every comic series, movie and video game. Nor are we talking about the film’s story elements (like the infamous, and not at all satisfying, ending), or any particular moments in cinematography—though we would like to see James Newton Howard deliver a convincing performance in the “Rise of the Machines” (or, “The End of the World As We Know It”) sequence. It is more important that the movie be a good movie.
We are referring to something slightly different. Rather than telling a story, we are talking about story, particularly the narrative. In the world of cinema and the entertainment industry, there is a phrase “story as a function of time.” In the words of Martin Scorsese, “It’s all about time.”
In film, it can sound like an easy phrase to forget. What’s really hard to remember, though, is how important time is to storytelling.
To begin with, there are certain types of movies that have limited the length of time it takes you to notice the story, or the character/subject matter being explored, and make any decisions about a story. This can be seen with any action film in recent memory. You will likely have seen a bunch of action films with one character—the good guy or the bad guy, the action hero or the action villain. And, as you’ve probably figured, they all began with a certain number and length of takes, each culminating in a climactic scene. By the time you stop
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