Something that didn’t occur to me when attempting writing a screenplay, was to think visual. In a book, the situation is described to you in a certain tense. Past, present, future. Depending on the perspective.
I’m learning that screenplays and scripts are designed to give a visual description of what you would see in screen, with the addition of audience movements and sounds. It seems that instead of a book giving details about why a character is the way they are, it gives brief descriptors.
When it comes to scripts, if feels almost like a comic book. Describe a tile, dialogue, movement, repeat.
Cue step number 2 in this endeavour
A friend of mine sent me a script, and a plan. The plan is to win a competition for a very well shot action sequence.
Knowing my talent and, well my imagination, he asked if I would be available to film the scene. I told him I would be up for helping.
Thats when I read, reread, and read his script some more. I can see it. in my head, how I want it to look. How it will feel, where the action sets are, where the best story telling pieces are. Where we can add drama, where we can add tension. So I wrote a story board for it.
Directorial Debut is in 3 days.