You're forgetting exposition.
The Tick (TV Show) was great at this.
They were always talking about these billion dollar special effects that just happened off camera as giant fire breathing robots kicked over bridges and...
Shakespeare used to be good at this with his Histories as well, staging his scenes around massive battles which the characters would then complain and marvel about.
Have you seen the movie Rage?
It's just actors talking, like in a confession to a blogger who is recording their monologuing with his cellphone, but all these things are happening, the moment is spinning out of control, but we don't see anything but talking heads in front of a changing colour field depending on the emotion of the content, stressing over their involvement in the developments.
But, that is cheating.
Forcing lazy people to use their imagination.
Worse than subtitles really.
I wonder how difficult it was to shoot the original Fame TV series?