You can’t tear up a digital page, but sometimes you want to when writing a script

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We’ve been quiet for a few weeks, sure, but now we’re back in the swing of things, working on a new project (still mum on that at that moment). Having grabbed some hammer and nails and nailed the jelly of an idea to the wall, we’re now writing a script. Which is oddly formulaic in construction (Insert joke about Hollywood movies here), but not in the way you might think.

There’s a very rigid structure in terms of writing a script. The font size has to be 12 Courier, the margins are precise, the conventions of describing a scene or action even more so. We’d give you examples, but frankly they’re not on the tip our tongue with this initial introduction. It’s more like it’s on the shelf in the cupboard of kitchen and we’re outside on the patio. Not a big deal, but a real eye opener on how this aspect of making movies is done.

One of the biggest hurdles has been the realization that you don’t describe camera shots or angles at this point. That’s to be decided later by the director or in our case intensively talked about and decided between us! But at this stage it’s just a matter of establishing the characters and dialogue while editing, editing, editing. Then editing some more.

Biggest discovery so far is the importance of running through the lines out loud. The written word is different from speaking and it’s amazing how often  slight changes from what was written need to be made in order to have the characters sound like people, rather than, well, a script. So read your script out loud and time how long it takes, in order to get a feel for length. We had originally thought the story would be between 5-10 minutes long, but upon the first reading, we discovered it a bit over 20 minutes!

So we’re back to editing, hoping to finish that up real soon now, so we can construct the paper dolls and a set or two and then start filming around March 15. More details to come later this week!