Describing One Medium Through Another


The essential problem of writing for visual media comes from the difference between print as a medium, or words on a page, and the medium of moving images. You have to describe an audiovisual medium that plays in real time using a written medium that is abstract and frozen in time. So a description in words on a page of what is to be seen on a screen has limited value until it is translated into that medium itself.

Writing Not to be Read But to be Made

The fundamental premise of scriptwriting is that you are writing not to be read, but to be made. Just as the musical score is a set of instructions to musicians and a blueprint is a set of instructions to builders, a script is a set of instructions to a ...

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