Writing For Film

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This is really just advice to myself:

The writer’s job is never to direct on the page, that is to determine how the shot or scene should be filmed. That’s the director’s job, and unless you’re fortunate enough to be directing his or her own screenplay, it is never wise to dictate to the director, cinematographer or film editor how they should do their jobs. You need to write vividly with strong visuals and dramatic action so that the page comes to life for the reader.

Understandably, screenwriters see the film as they write it. They see it in shots – often very specific. But what is a shot? A shot can be quick, long, stationary, sweeping, etc. It can be anything the writer envisions, so essentially, a shot is what the camera sees? And scenes are made up of shots – either a single shot or a series of many.

But the writer should never be concerned about what kind of shots or how many. None of that matters until pre-production and principle photography begins. Ten different directors could take the same script and storyboard ten very different ways to shoot the scenes. One director might use a moving master shot, another might use a combination of a wide and two over the shoulders, and still another might use a dozen different shots, including aerials and inserts…


The Treasure of Sierra Madre

One of the greatest films of all time, starring the iconic Humphrey Bogart. Its about 3 guys who search a mexican-bandit-infected desert, for gold.

It highlights certain topics, such as; greed, trust, betrayal, war, gain, and loss.

At the beginning of the 1948 flick, the old man gives an ironic testimony, on how ‘a man will go up the hill, searching for $5,000, but will end up aiming to retrieve $100,000′, all because of greed.

I would recommend this film to others, because it holds a valuable lesson. It also has a nice twist of karma/fate in the end.

(directed by John Huston)

Pre – Production

2014 has brought me to a new venture. I once mentioned I’m still figuring out what I want to do in the Film World, which so far has been a perfect excuse to do everything.

I’ve worked on set as an Actress, as a Cinematographer, and as an Assistant Director; all of which have been very fun. Time has come, however, for me to do one thing for a while, until it begins to suck.

Right now that one thing is Pre-Production. Writing Screenplays, and Shooting Plans; Drawing Thumbnails; and Location Scouting.

Here is a link to help you start off confidently in Pre-Production :