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Romance, Editing, and Consequences

by: Honey 4/2/2010

We've seen it in movies: the dashing hero carries the fawning maiden up the mansion stairs into darkness, or the main characters who you've been dying to get together kiss behind open curtains and one blows out the flickering candle. 

Everyone knows what happens next, and the suspense is titilating.

In the morning, the maiden sings to herself in bed and the hero is long gone - doomed to be hunted by her jealous husband, or the main characters stand together in the sunrise vowing to meet again on this very rock someday. The consequences of their evening alone have come to haunt them, and will continue to effect those around them.

We've also seen films where the director didn't know where to cut the scene. The suspense dies, and the viewer finds themselves drooling, pained, wondering what happened to the editor. 

When Darth Vadar entered Princess Leia's prison cell and it closed to that look of abject fear on her face, what would have ruined it more than the in-detail torture scene that no-doubt followed? As it was, you could see in her eyes and tell by his stride upcoming events did not bode well.

So, too, going past the dramatically perfect fade-out point can make an amazing romance scene suddenly terribly anticlimatic, as our imaginations are usually better than anything that can be shown to us explicitly.

Indiana Jones and Dr. Elsa Schneider were seeking his father's grail diary. He didnt know it, but the attractive Nazi Doctor had just ransacked her own room. He came in with the diary and they began to argue. Amidst the argument, he grabbed her and kissed her rather vigorously. She snapped, "How DARE you kiss me" and kissed him back, thus beginning an angry make-out session that found them sinking below camera view. Indy's head popped up once saying, "Ah, Venice", and she grabbed his head from below ending the scene. What would have ruined that iconic scene more than had it *not* ended there?

This is why I cut a scene when the music is at it's highest, the anticipation is at it's greatest, and the curtains are *just* drawn. winkIt's why I love to stick to the tried and true stuff of theatre that keeps interest high, the story flowing, and maintains an epic, movie-like quality to my game.

So to summarize: This is why I feel a good romance should have a movie-like quality, proper editing, and consequences. 

Some people don't play this way, and I respect that, but I just can't see it any other way. love