Posted by: steveonfilm | November 2, 2010

INT. REALITY – DAY

One of the odd things about writing scripts, is that after a few years you start to see everything through the eyes of a screenplay. Standing in line at the grocery store turns into:

INT. GROCERY – DAY
A line of seemingly DRAB CUSTOMERS wait in line as the seconds of their miserable lives tick away.

Driving through the country turns into:

EXT. WINDING ROAD – DAY
The A4 carves through the turns, albeit at a legal speed. The DRIVER teases himself by putting it into “tiptronic,” knowing he could take the turn ahead at 60 mph no problem. But, since he’s a pansy, he slips it back into D, and dreams of what could have been.

These aren’t great scenes, or even good scenes, but you get the idea of the kind of stuff that floats through my head on a daily basis now.

Sometimes when I watch movies it just turns into INT. HOUSE, EXT. FIELD, INT. OFFICE, EXT. SIDE OF THE ROAD… I just see the pictures that the writer would type to describe what I’m seeing on the page.

It might sound weird, but on more than one occasion, I’ve watched 5 minutes of a movie, transcribed the dialog, and wrapped it with my own take on the action and slug lines. On occasion it turns out good, other times it’s drivel, but it’s a fun exercise.

Hell, a lot of times in meetings at work I listen to people, and then critique their dialog while delivering a presentation. Taking note of what words they could have tossed out. Which portions of the presentation they could have skipped over. How they could have paced the delivery of important items better.

Based on other people I’ve talked to, I’m not the only one who’s found themselves doing this either. I think it’s just the natural progression for someone who writes scripts. I bet the same goes for someone who writes novels, poetry, or even just blogging in general. You tend to start to view the world within the sphere that you use to express your views on it. For us, it’s scripts. But for others maybe it’s painting, music, or dance.

I don’t know, maybe it’s nothing. Just an odd moment of perspective. A fleeting moment of perceived clarity. Or maybe it’s not… I guess it’s up to the person.

Until next time, keep writing!
-Steve

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