I’ve written hundreds of short video concepts and scripts, but often I’m still doubting about how to write about points of view. Especially since most of the words end up on the desk of Marketing Managers (of whom I’m not always sure they’ve got right creative mind to interpret this this properly). The question I struggle with: do we mention the camera as having a role in framing the view. Whenever possible I’ll try to write around it. Until now.
This weekend I read Murakami’s After Dark. And Murakami knows how to use the camera. As a literary device, to add a sense of voyeurism, or from the other side, a sense of being watched. But, the thing that struck me, also as an instrument to describe the reader / narrator point of view in a very explicit and mechanical way, without holding back.
What’s comforting in this for me is that the explicit presence of a camera doesn’t necessarily break the narrative. Au contraire (mon frère); the ease with which Murakami employs the camera on all levels shows that a complex understanding of what a camera is and connotes might be deeply embedded in our collective mind.
John Fox is quickly done with liking Murakami’s Camera approach. See the 3:40 and 3:41 entries in his great After Dark review.
Or, if you happen to have a spare afternoon coming up, I can recommend reading the book itself. It will be an afternoon well spent.
Tags: Book, Camera, Murakami, Script