The Words on the Page

Writing for film, television, and the stage is, in my opinion, one of the most difficult - and most rewarding - art forms. The language needs to be visual and evocative as each script must achieve two important tasks. First, it must be an easy read. On paper, it should tell a compelling story and flow as easily as a novel as, if it doesn't past the first test of being read and enjoyed, it will never amount to anything more than a pile of pages in a drawer. But being an easy read isn't enough. Scripts also have to serve as a blueprint for the finished product and need to tell the story in a manner that allows the reader to picture it in his or her mind's eye. The characters need to be memorable and leap off the page; the story must come to life.

 

In addition to writing scripts of their own, I believe all writers can learn and benefit from studying scripts that have launched successful movies, television shows, and plays. For the next year, on each Tuesday, I'll be posting my thoughts on a piece.

March 28, 2017

The basic premise of Outlander is that WWII nurse Claire Randall is ripped out of her 1945 life and finds herself back in 1743 Scotland. Unlike most time travel pieces, there seems to be only the one jump (for now), and it appears to be left a mystery, or at least most...

March 21, 2017

Whenever I mention time travel, people talk about Quantum Leap. It sounded like a fascinating show and one that I definitely wanted to check out for myself. It took some digging, but I found a script. It appears to be a shooting script, and it's written with seven...

March 14, 2017

I decided to check out the pilot of 12 Monkeys this week, the 2015 Syfy series based on the 1995 movie of the same name, after seeing the series mentioned in an article discussing the varying complexity of time travel shows. This series was rated as highly complex, so...

March 7, 2017

Venturing into sci-fi dramas, I had the opportunity to read the Timeless pilot earlier this week. It conforms to what I've found are two of the common rules of time travel - things that are changed in the past have an immediate impact on the present/future, and you...

March 1, 2017

If I wasn't in the arts, I would have ended up as a doctor or a scientist.

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