FADE IN EXT. SKYWALK – DAY People busily rush by, as a subtly rousing soundtrack plays softly in the background and at the same time: V.O. Every day we interact with countless people, and we never just read from their words, we also read from their body – whether we know it or not. Sometimes when talking to someone, we vacantly make a fleeting mental note of a gesture or expression that we notice, but we hardly ever take the time to figure out what it meant, why it was caused, or how it even came to be. But there comes times with high stakes, when this knowledge would be useful. And even when we think we know it all, we hardly ever have the real facts. CUT TO BLACK And we can always end up drawing all the wrong conclusions.
FADE FROM BLACK: INT. THEATRE A backlit actor slowly looks up at the camera as his face slowly becomes lit by a second light. As he is doing this, as if he has just seen someone he recognizes, his face forms into an emotion – a sign of recognition, as if greeting a friend. Suddenly it cuts to another actor with another expression, then another, then another, the cuts getting faster and faster and the shots become merely snapshot photos of emotion after emotion. The music in the background gets louder and louder, until, BOOM: CUT TO TITLE: BODY LANGUAGE: LIE DETECTION 101 (working title) Energetic, upbeat music slowly comes in as we FADE TO INT.
Myself, speaking to the camera (need camera movement!) Me Lies, as much as we would like to deny it, are a part of everyday life. It takes place everywhere – from family and friends to work and school. Everyone at one point starts to find out their own ways to detect lies. The problem is, many of the so-called ‘easiest’ ways of ‘detecting lies’ that we hear from many others are actually misconceptions. The purpose of this video is to shatter those misconceptions and replace them with truths. CUT TO TITLE: MISCONCEPTION 1: PEOPLE WILL AVOID EYE CONTACT WHEN LYING Me Perhaps one of the most widespread misconceptions about liars is that they will avoid looking you in the eye when they tell a lie, that they will look away into a different direction. CUT TO ECU of eyes shifting from the camera, looking to the side. ECU / CU of a face – just as eyes look into the camera, staring and holding contact. V.O. Funnily enough, this used to be true, but since it was such an easy sign to spot, people began to take note of it and liars began to conceal their lies by holding eye contact. Now, it is more suspicious if someone who doesn’t usually look you in the eye when talking has a prolonged period of eye contact rather than naturally shifting their gaze as they usually do. TITLE: MISCONCEPTION 2: NERVOUSNESS IS A SURE SIGN OF DECEIT Shot of me Me Another very popular misconception is that if someone is nervous – if they are sweating, stuttering, showing signs of panic or anxiety – they are lying for sure.
ON “sweating”, CUT TO MCU of someone stuttering and confused CU of someone showing panic, nervousness, anxiety CUT TO Shot of me V.O. This misconception arises out of the fact that many people have not considered that truthful people can also be nervous - scared of being wrongfully convicted or accused for something they didn’t do. We also forget that many people can tend to get nervous when they are under such close scrutiny and suspicion. ON “scared” CUT TO More shots of nervousness and anxiety.
TITLE: MISCONCEPTION 3: YOU CAN TELL IF A SMILE IS FAKE IF THE EYES DON’T MOVE Shot of me Me While it is true that in a faked smile, the muscles around the eyes will not be involved, the action of a fake smile will still affect the lower eyelid, making it difficult to tell. In a real smile, we will see bagged skin under eyes, crow’s feet wrinkles – wrinkles shaped like the foot of a crow – form. And we will also see that the eyebrows become slightly lowered. These are all results of the muscle around the eyes – the Orbicularis Oculi – being used. ON “action” CUT TO MCU of fake smile ECU of eyes during a fake smile ON “real smile” CUT TO ECU of bagged eyes during a real smile ECU of crow’s feet wrinkles CU of real smile, eyebrows lowered V.O. Two other tell tale signs of a fake smile is the offset of the smile, and the durations of the smile. A real
smile will slowly, smoothly fade as the conversation moves on, but a fake smile will abruptly drop or fade out in steps. ON “real smile” CUT TO MCU / CU of real smile fading smoothly MCU / CU of fake smile abruptly dropping MCU / CU of fake smile fading in steps V.O. A real smile also usually lasts and can only be held for less than ten seconds. If a smile is pasted on the face for any longer than that, than it is most probably a fake smile. CUT TO MCU / CU of a fake smile held for 10+ seconds CUT TO Myself Jina In summary: Someone holding eye contact is not necessarily truthful. CU of a face – just as eyes look into the camera, staring and holding contact. Someone showing signs of nervousness is not necessarily a liar. CU of someone showing panic, nervousness, anxiety In a fake smile the eye muscles will not be involved, and in a real smile they will be and wrinkles will show or eyebrows move. MCU of fake smile CU of real smile A fake smile drops abruptly, fades in steps, or lasts too long (more than ten seconds). MCU / CU of real smile fading smoothly MCU / CU of fake smile abruptly dropping
MCU / CU of fake smile fading in steps