Are you creating a character that dreams of travel? Or escape?
So much of a story (on film, especially) is not spoken, but is seen with the eye. Even when not directly pointed out, but simply hidden in the background, little things can add up to a larger understanding.
Look at the photo above. A large map, and a camera on the coffee table. What would this say about a character? A lot, right?
Although the images behind the couch in the photo above aren't maps, they sure could be! They remind me of old subway or street maps, and wouldn't they be great to line the walls of the character who is a writer or an investigator?
Perhaps they are a visual clue to the viewer, or reveal an obsessive hunt by the character. What kind of ideas come to your mind when you see this photo and imagine old London street maps?
This room just screams teenaged boy or girl with dreams of travel! Maybe she's a future doctor who has hopes of working with Doctors Without Borders. Or perhaps he's an adopted child who is planning a search for his birth parents. What other ideas can you come up with?
Have you created a character who is homesick or proud of their home state? These pillows are perfect for them!
I'm from Oklahoma. It often gets a bad rap, but I am beyond proud to live here. So proud, that I am part of the Oklahoma Shirt of the Month club. I get a new shirt with an Oklahoma theme every single month and I wear them proudly. So, I can totally picture myself also having a pillow with the shape of the Great State of Oklahoma on full display.
A beautifully framed map, like the one above, speaks to a love of a particular location or fond memories of a special vacation. Newlyweds might frame the map from the location of their honeymoon. An immigrant might frame the map of their much loved country. A frame shows intent and love. Speaks volumes.
If you've got a character who dreams of travel... or escape, leave some clues for the readers and viewers. Give some insight into what's going on their mind, without them needing to say a word.