It’s okay not to give all the answers

chrisfenner // @kylereed

I just got done watching a rough cut of Whitestone Motion Picture’s newest short “Blood on My Name”.

Love the guys at Whitestone for lots of reasons, but the main reason is they concentrate on the story.

This particular short (“Blood on My Name”) had an ending that left the viewer asking questions. Questions that might not have come up during the film, but because of the ending came up all of assunden. This particular story got me thinking…

Why don’t we ask more questions?

Let the person experiencing our film, speech, blog post, religious event, etc, leave them wanting more.

I think far too often we try and wrap everything up in a neat little bundle. Let the people do the searching and the finding, leave your audience wanting more, leave them questioning.

Does this sound easy? It’s harder that you think.

I dare you to try it and see what happens.

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Chris Fenner is a film maker, video editor, and a storyteller. He loves beautiful images and a clear message. He creates lasting films and videos. Currently a Tech Director and Media creator for Heritage Church.
  • Kyle Reed

    well said Chris.
    I think the same can be said for blogging, allowing sentences to not be completed but to bring up questions I think is something that I struggle with. Need to do a better job of that.

    • chrisfenner

      Think we all do, especially those of us in the “church”. for me, I like to apply that to the media I create. I want to push my viewer to ask questions and search. Even with my framing, shot selection, and color.

  • Jeff Goins

    Well said, Chris. I remember reading a study by a popular blogger who found that he got more user engagement when he didn’t answer all the questions he set out to answer. With art, it’s not just about information; it’s also about conversation.

    • chrisfenner

      AMEN, AMEN, AMEN! Also think the same can be said for life. Those that get involved with others, and have all kinds of conversations some that we agree with some that we dont get the most out of it.

  • Jordan Watson


    This my biggest beef with most preachers. Often I feel that many preachers present a problem, provide a solution from God, and send people out with what they call “hope.” My frustration is simple: life is more complicated then that. Instead, I think leaving people wondering, asking, searching is much more valuable. We dehumanize the experience of God and life when we present all the answers. Great thoughts.