Blik ~ Animating Emotion Without Expression or Words

Guess what? I'm guest posting over on Myndi Shafer's blog today! If you aren't familiar with Mydni's hilarious blog posts, you really need to check her out. Today I'm following in her Happy Hausfrau tradition and giving Baking Soda Some Love! Did you know baking soda and vinegar can tackle most of your cleaning needs? Yep. Hop on over there to check it out!

While you're here though, I hope you'll enjoy this charming little film that tells the story of a young boy and his first love ~ without words or facial expression. The filmmakers wanted to capture every emotion through subtle body language. It's long, over eight minutes, but it will capture your heart.

As writers we try to show emotion through facial expression, body language, or the words our characters say. This little film has got me thinking of other ways to convey meaning. The tiniest gesture, the exaggerated shrug, what's your favorite way of showing rather than telling?


27 thoughts on “Blik ~ Animating Emotion Without Expression or Words”

  1. Louise BehielLouise Behiel

    i’m going to come back and watch this when i have a bit more time. sounds like what we all need as writers

  2. susielindaususielindau

    This is a great post! I would not have thought of the little nuances and they are so important!

  3. Natalie HartfordNatalie Hartford

    Loved your post over at Myndi’s – OMG hilarious and super informative.
    This video is really quite amazing. I couldn’t believe how much I could pick up from body language alone with no facial expressions. Incredible.

  4. Debra KristiDebra Kristi

    Body language if amazing, isn’t it? Fabulous video. Thank you for sharing.

  5. patriciasandspatriciasands

    Just finished snorting at Myndi’s. You are hilarious! Showing is such an important part of what we learn as writers and there is SO much to learn. This video is awesome. Thanks to you and hubby!

  6. Coleen PatrickColeen Patrick

    Wow that video is really cool. It’s a great reminder for me as a writer!

  7. August McLaughlinAugust McLaughlin

    Sweet video! I like to ‘show’ through action and dialogue, illustrating what I feel throughental movies. And I can take all the cleaning tips you’ve got, so… Baking soda, here I come!

  8. jansenschmidtjansenschmidt

    Ah, a happy ending! I’m a sucker for those.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  9. EmmaEmma

    Hi Tameri. I’ve passed on the Sunshine Blog Award to you.

  10. gingercalemgingercalem

    Wonderful. You know, it would be a great challenge to write scenes of just body language to convey our story. What a challenging exercise that would be. I’m going to try it!

  11. Lissa ClouserLissa Clouser

    What a video! Such a great reminder to think of the little things and not just the most noticeable ones. =)

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