How Soderbergh Experiments to Give Information to the Audience a Different Way

 How Soderbergh Experiments to Give Information to the Audience a Different Way 


Steven Soderbergh is one of the contemporary filmmaker I’ve written the most about because his take on filmmaking is unique.

The way he navigates studios and indie films, going on massive productions and then falling back on films where the credits are essentially him doing everything and taking fake names to make it feel like the cast was bigger than it really was. (See the advice he gave to Christopher Nolan to be able to do that)

The way he loves storytelling and pushing boundaries (read his twit-novella) or how he loves to pay homage to filmmaking, but isn’t in love to the medium to the point of paralysis (see his keynote about stopping feature films).

And last but not least: the way he doesn’t care about repeating success, he just wants to entertain himself by pushing boundaries in storytelling. Sometimes it works, sometimes it fails, but it always makes you react.

Declan Taaffe from Writing With the Camera made a video essay about that: what sets apart Steven Soderbergh as a director? And why does it matter?

Here is what Declan said to me about his video essay:

 “It’s on Steven Soderbergh and how he seeks to give the audience just enough information and lets us figure the rest out for ourselves.

I think the audience is increasingly good at inferring information from visual stories but many filmmakers are afraid we won’t understand so give us too much.

I don’t like to go to the cinema and have things explained to me in the same old way so I wanted to do a video which illustrates some more interesting ways.”
And I happen to agree. There would be more to say on the topic, including about the limitations of creative risks in a system that is becoming increasingly risk-averse, and truth be told, Soderbergh doesn’t make his money on his high risky films. But that’s for another time.
Watch the video below, there’s something in it that might fire up your imagination.