Week 2 The Script & Literary Determinations

Week 2 The Script & Literary Determinations - A)

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A) The Script-  the first thing that has to be in place to get the deal started  a. Original; Adaptations i. Original-script written directly for the screen  ii. Adaptation- something that’s previously sourced (short story, television  show, novel, etc).  1. loose  2. strict adaptation  3. faithful (something in between) b. Types of Scripts i. The writer’s script - visual-oral framework; a springboard, a catalyst 1. Characters 2. Dialogue 3. Actions 4. Setting ii. The shooting script/director’s script/tech script 1. Director’s script- will put in camera movement, angles, color of  costumes, actor’s gestures 2. 1001 people will edit the script 1001 different ways iii. The film itself/ text - the film’s final edited script, the text is not written, it is  a visual document iv. The published script - description of everything that goes on in a film c. The authorship dilemma - we associate authors with ownership, but writers  are not the sole author of the movie i. This is not to deny the author’s pivotal role, however, not the author of a  movie ii. Write genre specific scripts (writes generically)
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iii. If you want to sell, you have to appeal to the culture iv. You can write a script specific to directors and then the director will  probably even rewrite the script v. Actors will have rewrites for their personas d. The functions of the film writer i. If past movies have been successful, they will be asked to stay on set ii. The producer or director is the one who sees that everything is on track
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