Monday, April 2, 2012

Storytelling Cheats

All I'm saying is, if we could just say, "Cut to sweeping shot of MC looking happy/devastated/quietly sobbing/staring pensively into the future while [insert evocative, swelling, appropriately trendy and indie song] plays over everything," it'd make writing a lot easier.

eBooks, I'm looking at you for this type of functionality. Get on it.

What storytelling cheats from movies and television do you wish you could employ in writing?

12 comments:

Josin L. McQuein said...

Intercuts for a quick back and forth POV switch in separate locations.

Dissolve to flashback.

EXT. BATTLEFIELD - NIGHT

The armies approach each other, and engage in furious battle. Team A wins.

(Let them fill in the details when blocking the scene fr film.)

Chantal Berendsen said...

"insert crazy action scene" would be nice. Or "cue romantic piano music as romantic leads glance shyly at each other."

Flurple said...

Actually, ebooks with sound do exist now. So theoretically you could add dramatic music.

I would steal sweeping landscape shots. Description done!

Kiersten White said...

Oooh, I am with you on that one, Flurple!

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

As much as I love the writing process the one thing in film/TV that is awesome is the "right in front of you!" scene. I like the whole: I am looking for "insert important item" and then a shot of said item hidden from view yet directly near the MC.

Would be so much easier than the descriptive trail to it sometimes....

Kathleen Brown said...

Montages that show what has happened over a long period of time in a few seconds. I always just want to stop in the middle of my manuscript and a sequence of brief images that will take me where i need to be. And if I could play a mellow indie song under it, that would be great.

Robin Weeks said...

Actually, writing for actors is very cool because you don't have to worry about character motivations. Don't know why your heroine moves across the room, but need her to do so to discover the body? No prob! The actress will figure something out, if she's worth her salt.

Of course, if she's a diva, and you're still alive, she'll call you to demand "What's my motivation, here?" Then you can make something esoteric up on the spot and it's all good again. :)

Kate said...

That just made my day!!! :)
Um, how about the different camera views? They can be pretty nifty. :)

Clare C. Greenstreet said...

Nearly everything! Seriously there are times I really think I should be writing scripts. But every time I try I end up going back to descriptions.

Becky Mahoney said...

I write a lot of horror, and I always think about the movie The Descent when I'm plotting a story. In that movie, the "monster" characters don't make a real appearance until halfway through, but if you watch the background closely enough, you can see one or two of them watching the characters. There's no music cue or anything to call attention to them, and the effect is super creepy.

Unfortunately, I write in first or close third person, so I haven't found a way to emulate the same effect...

Anonymous said...

Pictures! I like to daydream about books, so I need to know what the protagionist/hot guy/secret soul mate looks like.

Makayla <3

Anonymous said...

Pictures! I like to daydream about books, so I need to know what the protagionist/hot guy/secret soul mate looks like.

Makayla <3