PA R T 3

THE STORY AND ITS

DEVELOPMENT

Part 3 (Chapters 7 through 10) deals with the director’s relationship to the script—or screenplay, as it’s often called—whose job is to present the bones of a film in a standard, shareable form. Whether written by yourself or by your writer, the story is very far from being ready to film. A great deal of development lies ahead.

To create something—whether boat, chair, song, or film—you must first envision the finished article in your head. By all means, write your earliest shorts yourself because experience is the best teacher. Each will face you with a bewildering array of options in point of view, genre, plot, and style—all to be treated in coming chapters.

Once you turn to more ambitious works, ...

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