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How Filmmakers Can Use Text and Subtext

A simple straight line that will elevate your visual storytelling

One day, when I was storyboarding a complicated film for The New York Times, I realised something about how visual stories function.

I took out a pencil and some paper and drew a straight horizontal line, like this:

Then above the line, I wrote these words:

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Adam Westbrook

Adam Westbrook

Video artist working at The New York Times. I write a weekly newsletter about visual storytelling and creativity. https://adamwestbrook.substack.com/

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