There seems to be at least one telephone conversation in every movie. How could there not be? Telephones are a way of life these days!
Bethany, the main character in Girlfriend 19, is on the phone multiple times. This created a challenge for me as the director: how was I to avoid the redundancy of showing numerous telephone conversations?
The answer to my dilemma came as I prepared my shot list. It occurred to me that a telephone conversation is a wonderful time to be creative visually. I could position Bethany in countless ways, have her move however I wanted and compose the frame intentionally.
Take a look at the still images of four separate scenes from Girlfriend 19 while Bethany is on the phone. Not only did I try to create a visually interesting shot, but I utilized the space around her in a way that subtly communicates more than the words in the conversation.
Telephone conversations in movies can be a great opportunity for directors to be creative and intentional!