Analysis/Reflection 2 – Q2

In Kathryn Millard’s journal publication, Writing for the Screen: Beyond the Gospel of Story, she talks about the way in which the utilisation of a production diary can help focus and develop the themes, tones, and overall vision of a project. If you have a collection of images, sounds, music, locations, etc, in one collective diary, it is a fantastic tool with which you can both illustrate to others your intended vision for a project and to focus your own ideas so that you may avoid getting sidetracked or carried away, which could result in making a film which doesn’t reflect your original intention

In the week one reading, Writing The Short Film, Cooper and Dancyger provide an example of a short film script presented in the proper format. While I have seen scripts presented like this before, I read this under the assumption that I would right something similar this semester, or if not, in the not so distant future. As such, I was suprised by the lack of detail present in the script, for example, there was no character bio, no explanation of camera movement etc. The only thing presented aside from dialogue was the location of the scene and whether or not the dialogue was diagetic or not. This was significant for me, as I am prone to add too much information when writing a story. The stripped back minimalism of the script made me reconsider the way in which I approach script writing.

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