"The biggest creative mistake that I see people make is I feel like they don't get to the core of what they're trying to say."
- Nick Frangione, Director (Buck Run)
Great filmmaking illustrates the voice of the filmmaker through visual artistic expression. It is the seamless integration between the art of visual media and the science or psychology of the human mind. We all know a great film not just when we see it, but when we feel it, when we've connected with it in some way beyond our physical senses.
Independent filmmakers often try so hard to impress on screen that they lose their voices in the process. In their search to be recognized for something clever or strikingly unique, they overcomplicate the production with metaphor and nuanced representations of their subject matter. In the end, the audience is left with the job of peeling back the layers to find the filmmakers voice while finding themselves guessing at what that voice was trying to say.
Getting to the core of what you are trying to say means removing the noise from your communication. The concept of noise in communication dates back to information theory in the 1940s. 'Noise' refers to any factor that reduces the chances of successful communication but does not guarantee failure of that communication. There are four types of noise:
Physiological noise: Distraction caused by hunger, fatigue, thirst, or any other factor that affects how we feel physically.
Physical noise: Interference in our environment such as noises, extreme temperatures, or physical disturbances.
Psychological noise: Qualities within us (such as prejudice or defensiveness) that affect how we communicate with or interpret others.
Semantic noise: The noise that exists when the words being spoken are not mutually understood as a result or jargon or unnecessarily technical language.