Many great directors like Spike Jonze and David Fincher started their careers by directing music videos. I would argue that the¬†distinctively-styled films they are now famous for are a direct result of these beginnings. Here’s why: 1. There’s (usually) no dialogue in a music video. Without dialogue, you’re forced to show your story, not tell. This is often the most common mistake committed by new screenwriters: feeding the audience the plot through dialogue. If you’re going to do that, you might as well be writing…Continue Reading “Why Music Videos Make Great Directorial Exercises”