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

Once 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 directors do 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 ...

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