The Visual Mindscape of the Screenplay
At a Glance
Film is first and foremost a visual medium. As such, a fully realized screenplay exhibits its story through images: a “visual mindscape” told within the dramatic structure.
Many screenwriters choose to tell their stories rather than show them. There are several reasons for this. Firstly, telling the story is ‘sufficient’ to get the story across. Secondly, ‘telling’ a story is more accessible to the writer and easier than seeking out the ‘visual’ implications of the story.
But without exploiting the visual implications of your story, your screenplay will never rise to its full potential. It can’t. You limit it. You have deprived your reader/viewer of the real magic of what a screenplay can offer. That is the magic of visual discovery.
Even when you choose to ignore it there is always an image. It might be magical or it might be boring, cold and empty, but one absolute is that there is always an image whether you use it or not.
This course explores the various forms of the ‘Visual Mindscape’ and the numerous opportunities available to bring visual richness to your screenplay. Scenes and Script Pages from such films as Usual Suspects, Memento, Up, Crash, Mulholland Drive, Quills, Children of Men and others are used to show clearly drawn example in this workshop.
Here is a Quick Overview of what we will be covering in this 1 Day Workshop:
- What is the Visual Mindscape of the Screenplay?
- Screenplay Narrative
- Writing in the Immediate Present Tense
- Matching the pace and tone of the scene
- The First Image
- The CAPPING Controversy and how it relates to the Visual Mindscape.
- The Metaphoric Mindscape
- How to use and create Visual Metaphors
- Establishing Location as Allegory
- How to Create Memorable Character Descriptives
- Linking physical traits to personality
- Revealing the Inner Engine of your Characters
- Visual Anchors and Triggers to establish Time, Tense and Flow of Location
- Visual Discovery, Withholding and the Law of Contradiction
- The Visceral Log Line
Saturday December 14, 2013
10:30am - 6:00pm
- Date available: 12/04/2013
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Meet the Author: Bill Boyle
Bill Boyle is an award winning screenwriter, a former UCLA Extensions Instructor and has been rated by Creative Screenwriting Magazine among the top 10% of script analysis and consultants. He has been involved in the film industry in both Canada and the U.S. for over 25 years as a writer, director, agent, producer, story editor, and mentor.