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How Newton’s First Law of Motion Apply’s to Filmmakers


Issac Newton’s first law of motion is: “An object at rest tends to stay at rest unless acted upon by an external or unbalanced force and an object in motion tends to stay in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an external or unbalanced force.”

Don’t worry, this is not a physic’s course, but I want to show you how a LAW OF PHYSICS can help filmmakers block a scene and direct actors.

By translating Newton’s Law of Motion into filmmaking terms you get this: “A character who is stationary will not move until some sort of physical event or emotional feeling compels him to take action.”

In other words, a character (actor) must be “MOTIVATED” before they will take any kind of action.

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