The process of viewing films begins in the director’s mind and ends in the viewer’s head. But what happens before a film reaches its destination in a spectator’s mind is quite amazing. Those of us, who talk about film, commission films or make films for a living, should not only continuously strive to create better films, but of course also contemplate how films are perceived.
This article isn’t about film-set anecdotes or creative processes, storytelling or dramatic narratives. For once two covert protagonists takes centre stage, without which viewing films – and I’m sure no one would contradict me here – would be impossible: the eye and the brain. Even though research and modern technology have now made it possible for us to view a film with our tongue. But before we explain how seeing with tongues works, let’s take a leap back and start from scratch, to where it all begins, at birth.