Lights, camera, adverb!
I wasn’t intending to write this month’s Wordsmith’s World about the movies but then - PLOT TWIST!
A trip to the cinema with Team HRM, combined with the Oxford English Dictionary rolling out the red carpet to welcome a big cast of new film related words and terms, called for a script re-write.
So after watching A Star is Born with my colleagues, I had no choice but to acknowledge that ‘we’re not in Kansas anymore’ and start writing a blog all about words associated with film.
Especially as we’ve had the soundtrack playing in the office a fair bit, too, it means the movies have instead become my muse.
Some are obvious and well-known expressions like ‘edge-of-your-seat,’ and ‘blink and you'll miss it’.
Others are used to describe a filmmaker's artistic techniques - Kubrickian, Bergman-esque, Tarantino-esque, Spielbergian and my favourite Lynchian.
The OED explains: ‘(David) Lynch is noted for juxtaposing surreal or sinister elements with mundane, everyday environments, and for using compelling visual images to emphasise a dreamlike quality of mystery or menace.’
Summed up brilliantly - as someone still affected by flashbacks from when I was a teenager watching Twin Peaks on the telly!
My colleague Laura and all of the other attendees of Sheffield’s recent Celluloid Scream festival probably saw a fair few ’scream queens’ at the Showroom Cinema, and there was probably quite a few ‘gorehounds’ in the audience, too.
Meanwhile, I’ve definitely seen a fair few ‘mumblecore’ films at the Showroom myself over the years: ‘A style of low-budget film typically characterised by naturalistic and (apparently) improvised performances and a reliance on dialogue rather than plot or action.’
So that’s it for this month’s blog - hopefully you feel it’s gone ‘up to eleven’…