You Can’t Help Yourself

Filmmakers often tell us how to react, the emotion we should be feeling. These feelings naturally mirror what the character(s) are experiencing.

One of the ways filmmakers do this is by what happens in the very next shot. For instance, if someone is in a scary scene, the next shot might contain a high-pitch sound, resembling a scream. It could be a train whistle, brakes grinding, etc., but it’s there to (at least subconsciously) tell us how the character is feeling.

Similarly, if something funny happens in a scene, the filmmaker will start the next scene with someone smiling, or a group of people laughing.

These cues give us a sense of depth, continuity, and authenticity. It just feels real.

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Take Your Place in Line

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!

In the Old Testament book of 1 Chronicles, chapter 16, just after the ark of the covenant was restored in Israel, King David gave to Asaph and his fellow musicians a song of thanks to the Lord. Maybe Asaph helped write the music, maybe the musicians simply performed what was given them by David, but in any case it’s a beautiful psalm of praise.

Verse 34 says, “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!”

This phrase, “Give thanks to…” is repeated over and over in the life of Israel. Continue reading “Take Your Place in Line”