I is for IMAX

   Posted by: Faith   in Everything Else

imax2What? IMAX? What does that have to do with writing?

Umm… it does, really. Honest. (Or maybe I had no idea what else to do for the letter ‘I’ and am coming up with a rather stretched metaphor for the sake of getting this post out of the way…)

Okay, so bear with me here. Remember the last time you saw a movie in IMAX? What was your reason for choosing to go out of your way (the case for most of us, I’ll bet) to see it on that screen instead of your local theatre screen?

I’m betting: BIG screen = EXCELLENT picture quality = BEST way to watch action scenes (Deathly Hallows Part 2, anyone?).

On a screen like that, you see the big picture even better than on a typical theatre screen. But at the same time, a giant screen allows you to see the details better than you otherwise could. You can notice the little things, the smaller touches the filmmaker inserted to make the story that much more realistic and immersive for the viewer.

I think we need to look at our manuscripts in a similar way, particularly during the editing process (see? told you I had a point…).

It’s super important to be able to see the big picture as clearly as possible: Theme, Tone, Voice, Overarching Character and Plot Development. Those things must pervade the entire story and jump out at the reader just like an amazing explosion on a Big Screen.

But at the same time, a Big Picture perspective on our manuscript also allows us to add those little touches that make the story even more exciting for the reader… details in the setting, the clothing, accurate & plausible action (ie. fight scenes or battle scenes in particular), correct description & technical elements of specialty interests (ie. how long a horse can actually gallop for, or the correct pay grade of a field  archaeologist).

imax1Those touches make the story that much richer, that much more exciting and believable for the reader. Without them—and without a clear Big Picture to contain the details in—you might as well be writing a standard theatre screen story. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

But I’m pretty sure you’d rather have it in IMAX. :)

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8 comments so far


I love the metaphor – and IMAX!

April 12th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

IMAX is occasionally b for barf. At least for me.

April 12th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

I’ve seen a couple shows on an Imax and wow – what a difference!

April 12th, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Good point! I haven’t been to IMax since I was little but they’re SO cool!

April 13th, 2011 at 2:16 pm
Susan B

Hey, Faith – what happened to D? :)

April 13th, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Great metaphor!

April 14th, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Elena – Thanks!

Barbara – Aww… that’s no fun. Is it the 3D stuff that makes you sick?

L. Diane – I know, I love it! Too bad the tickets cost so much… and I’d have to travel for an hour to get to one… o_O

Jessica – Well… now’s the time to go again and relive your childhood ;)

Susan – Oh crud… I was hoping no one would notice… LOL. I missed that day, wrote half a post, and never finished it… but by the end of the challenge, I vow to finish AND post it. I think. LOL.

Tyrean – Thanks! Welcome to my blog :)

April 14th, 2011 at 4:27 pm

i love imax. but its so pricey I tend to watch only the most anticipated movies there–mostly scifi/fantasy flicks. :)

April 15th, 2011 at 11:31 pm

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