“Screenwriting – Camera Directions”

Some say some utilization of camera directions by the screenwriter
is okay, just as long as its limited and the screenwriter is unable
to find another way of expressing what they’re writing. I’ve been
in the screenwriting trenches with studios and indies, and I have
to say that whatever camera direction or camera directions are
used by the screenwriter, the camera directions will be changed
when the shooting script is being written.

So, what you’re doing works. However, utilizing your creativity
in place of camera direction will be more impressive to the
producer, director and actor if you avoid camera directions. In
this way, the screenwriter will not be insulting these people
and/or showing amateurism.

So, in place of using CAMERA, something like this:

INT. HIROKO’S OFFICE – DAY

Hiroko aims her eyes at a name holder on her desk.

HIROKO
Hiroko…

Hiroko quits articulating her name. She looks at Simon,
then eyes the name holder. Simon looks at the name
holder.

INSERT

Name Holder shows

HIROKO YAKISHIMA

BACK TO SCENE

XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

By doing it this way, it builds confidence in the reader,
whereas camera directions, can lose your reader right
away.

I hope this is help to you.

Best Regards,

Donald L. Vasicek
Olympus Films+, LLC
The Zen of Writing

http://www.donvasicek.com

dvasicek@earthlink.net

About Donald L. Vasicek

Award-winning writer/filmmaker Donald L. Vasicek studied producing, directing and line producing at the Hollywood Film Institute under the acclaimed Dov Simens and at Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute. He studied screenwriting at The Complete Screenplay, Inc., with Sally Merlin, daughter of the famed Hollywood Merlin family of screenwriters and writers, as his mentor. Don has taught, mentored, and is a script consultant for over 300 writers, directors, producers, actors and production companies. He has also acted in NBC’s “Mystery of Flight 1501”, ABC’s Father Dowling starring Thomas Bosley, and Red-Handed Productions’ “Summer Reunion.” These activities have resulted in his involvement in over 100 movies during the past 23 years, from major studios to independent films including MGM’s $56 million “Warriors of Virtue”, Paramount Classic’s “Racing Lucifer”, American Picture’s “The Lost Heart” and “Born To Kill” starring the Charles Bronson of Korea, Bobby Kim, and his internationally-known brother, Richard, who directed, Incline Productions, Inc.’s “Born To Win”, 20th Century Fox’s “Die Hard II” starring Bruce Willis with Rennie Harlan as director, and Joel Silver as producer, Olympus Films+, LLC’s “Haunted World” with Emmy-nominated PBS Producer Alison Hill, and Olympus Films+, LLC’s “Faces”, “Oh, The Places You Can Go” and the award-winning “The Sand Creek Massacre” documentary film. Don also has written and published over 500 books, short stories and articles. His books include “How To Write, Sell, And Get Your Screenplays Produced” and “The Write Focus.” He has been a guest screenwriting and filmmaking columnist for Hollywood Lit. Sales, Moondance International Film Festival’s e-zine, Screenwriter’s Forum, Screenplace, Screenplayers.Net, Screenwriters.Net, Screenwriters Utopia, Spraka & Kinsla (Swedish), Inkwell Watch, and Ink On the Brain. Writing recognition includes Houston’s WorldFest International Film Festival, Chesterfield’s Writer’s Film Project, Writer’s Digest, The Sundance Institute, The Writer’s Network, and the Rocky Mountain Writer’s Guild, Inc. Don completed producing “The Sand Creek Massacre”, a documentary film project that includes the completed and award-winning documentary short, a book, a classroom video, Interactive Media, a study guide, and a lesson plans. The film is being distributed by Films Media Group. Don is on the board of directors of the American Indian Genocide Museum in Houston. He is the founder and owner of Olympus Films+, LLC, a global writing and filmmaking company and a screenwriting volunteer on AllExperts.com. Don’s screenwriting agent is Robin Kaver of the Robert Freedman Dramatic Agency, Inc., 1501 Broadway, Suite 2301 New York, NY 10036, 212-840-5751.
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