CHAPTER 5

From Screenplay to Visual Plan

Tell me and I will forget.

Show me and I will remember.

Involve me and I will understand.

Chinese Proverb

Now that you’re acquainted with the fundamental aesthetic and conceptual principles of the cinematic language, you’re ready to transform a written screenplay into a story, told in images and sound, which plays out across a screen. This transformation is the heart and soul of filmmaking, and the visualization process is where a director does the lion’s share of their creative work. However, this is also the beginning of the nitty-gritty logistical work necessary for you to have a successful production period, so a filmmaker needs to wear two hats at this stage: the creative, visual storyteller and the ...

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