Dear Saul

Orfield Laboratories in Minneapolis holds a record for the world’s quietest room: -0.9 decibels. The longest anyone’s ever stayed in the room is an hour. After a while, your senses become more… ah, ‘sensitive’ to the sound your own body makes, such as your arteries and lungs.

Scary, isn’t it? Despite all the attempts at provoking horror, though books, movies, and t.v, using various sounds, shouts and screeches, the most terrifying thing to a human is the sound of their own body? All the quiet around us, and we focus in on the only sounds left, the ones we are making.

-Insert cheesy ‘Humans are the real monsters’ quote here-

The more modern ‘jump’ scares also get their effectiveness (there are some good jump scares) from this whole fear of silence. We as humans, crave noise. We have a city that never sleeps, filled to the brim with screams, shouts and blares, and not a single person cares.

But if New York went totally silent for a day, we would be driven mad.

Saul, the reason why I’m looking at this today is to kind of gleam a better look at a certain phrase: ‘Less is more’. In this case, it certainly is. And it’s an invaluable skill to have as anyone in the entertainment industry will tell you. The ability to create amazing content, without overdoing it or simply adding too much is surprisingly rare.

I’m looking at you, Michael Bay. If you set Mark Walhberg on fire while strutting towards Megan Fox in an explosion in Transformers 4 I will most likely stuff the script of ‘Armageddon’ down your throat.

If, Saul, we can be the quiet room, the room that does absolutely nothing but show more of a person than they’d like to see to scare them, then there is the potential for some top quality work. All we need do is make sure we don’t overdo it.

(Slightly belated) regards,
-Fiachra

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