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metroshane

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Flubbed lines
« on: May 31, 2004, 02:10:31 PM »
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Having just finished my feature...I'm now in the editing process.  While on this venture I'm finding that I'm entertained and often enjoy takes with flubbed llines more than those perfect takes.  (I repeatedly coached my actors to carry on if they flub)  My justification is that people rarely talk perfectly and flubs are a part of everyday speech...but you rarely see it in movies.  

Am I making a mistake by allowing some flubs to make the print?
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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2004, 02:18:03 PM »
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It really depends on what makes it work as a whole. I've always enjoyed movies that have flubs in it (I just finished watching 'Grosse Point Blank' so that one easily comes to mind). Sometimes it's maddening in a movie how perfect and articulate actors are. It's good to have variety in characters and I think some of that comes from the everyman approach of dialogue.

How many people do you talk to a day who don't say 'ah' or 'um' every three sentences?
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Re: Flubbed lines
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2004, 02:51:46 PM »
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Quote from: metroshane
Am I making a mistake by allowing some flubs to make the print?


You are not making a mistake allowing mess-ups...if it's in character it can be great.

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« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2004, 10:22:53 AM »
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Watch American Graffiti. Lucas specifically chose the takes with mistakes.
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« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2004, 12:43:12 PM »
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I've seen American Grafitti probably 30 times.  Maybe that's why I like it so much.
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« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2004, 04:27:55 PM »
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Quote from: Raikus
It really depends on what makes it work as a whole. I've always enjoyed movies that have flubs in it (I just finished watching 'Grosse Point Blank' so that one easily comes to mind). Sometimes it's maddening in a movie how perfect and articulate actors are. It's good to have variety in characters and I think some of that comes from the everyman approach of dialogue.


It also depends on whether the lines sound like real people genuinely messing up what they are saying or actors flubbing lines.

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How many people do you talk to a day who don't say 'ah' or 'um' every three sentences?


Or "like" every three words.  But film dialogue shouldn't necessarily replicate real dialogue.  Sometimes film dialogue is too articulate, but a lot of "ums" and stuttering, etc. would probably bog down a film.  I would get fed up if I heard "like" throughout a film unless it was for comic effect.

 

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