Friday, September 29, 2006

Seeing like a screenwriter

Writer, teacher and blogger Billy Mernit says that screenwriters should write what they see.
The seemingly heretical (to some) subtext here is that a screenplay can be pre-directed - that instead of "leaving the visuals to the director" (let alone the aurals, thematic image systems, etc.), the alert and imaginative writer can imbue his/her writing with enough use of the medium to hand any director a fully realized vision on a platter - to make a script, in a sense, moviemaker-friendly and/or director-proof.

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