See my webpage where I show the true potential of combining [movie scenes, gavino’s MMP system].
I memorize mainly math and memorizing the equations requires a huge amount of stations. Getting all the loci from real world would be too hard, so I too use movie scenes.
Yes, and another aspect is that when you rewatch the scenes you see them from exactly the same point of view. When placing info to real loci your point of view might change (e.g. first looked your kitchen table from front and placed a mental picture, let’s say a DVD on table; when revisiting you looked the table from side and forgot what you placed on the table, because the bacground that reminds you the image of DVD isn’t the same any more).
Definitely cooler to use movie scenes rather than real loci. They are even so cool, that suddenly instead of storing info at movie scene you start to wonder about the movie: “Why did it end like this?” or “That actor is so cool at this scene” or “I’d like to be a superman also”. It has happened to me and it distracts me from doing the mnemowork i’m supposed to
So, sometimes cooler and emotional is better, but sometimes less emotional doesn’t distract you.
Paulo is right: time sequence doesn’t beat 3D structure. It’s very hard to recall all the scenes in the right order just by recalling the plot. But fortunately there is a solution for it using Gavino’s Massive Memory Palace Technique. Just pick an existing journey you have and at each locus put a movie scene. You can do it at the same time you watch the movie or afterwards (I recommend the first, this way you won’t forget the scenes meanwhile). I use computer game maps to memorize and structurize the movie scenes.
The best way to organize your scenes would not be by following the plot but following the actors: select one of the main actors and make a linear journey of him/her. Then another actor, and third actor. You’ll get 3-5 journeys. It’s easier to remember What was the next scene with this actor present? rather than What was the next scene?.
And another advantage of this structure is that you can use an actor’s journey to remember info about some concept. E.g. if you want to memorize information about coffee beans, then you can let Gandalf (Ian Mckellen) symbolize the coffee beans and at each scene where he is present use another actors to attach information about coffee beans (see my webpage with pictures).
scene1: the council of Elrond: Boromir (Sean Bean) takes out Brazilian flag and then hits Gandalf with football, Gandalf starts sobbing and escapes the council (meaning that the largest exporter of coffee is Brazil).
scene2: The Bridge of Khazad-Dum. Balrog is in flames and hits Gandalf with his flaming sword, Gandalf expands his magical lighting-sphere around him, (meaning that coffee beans are roasted during the production, due to which they expand and chemical structure changes.)
scene3: Gandalf the White reveals himself to Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas. These three fellows mistook Gandalf for Saruman and crushed him with all their strength. Gimli takes the powder that’s left of Gandalf, puts it into sack and adds the sack to hot water (the consuming stage of coffee).
The repetition of a character is especially useful in maths, when we want to remember similar equations where the parameters tend to repeat (e.g. Gandalf could symbolize the same parameter at each equation).
See my behind-front technique for more examples of this kind of journeys.