Re: No script needed, huh?

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Posted by Not on December 17, 1999 at 15:29:13:

In Reply to: Re: No script needed, huh? posted by Greely on December 17, 1999 at 10:25:36:

: Well, it happens to be a fact.

Science fiction has a competitor. It's called, "Artistic Fiction."

: There may be a script written, but it's usually set aside as the board artists do the REAL writing.

Yes, the board artist's job is ALWAYS to work out the visual details ... OF THE FREAKIN' SCRIPT!! Is anybody trying to put a script on the screen? NO. We're trying to put a MOVIE on screen. If you want any story continuity, you need a script to organize all that. Act One, Get the character up a tree; Act Two, Throw rocks at him; Act Three, Get him down from the tree. OK? Now you can work out the shot angles, etc. ... with a storyboard.

Talk to Brad Bird! Talk to ANYBODY! In the beginning is the word. John 1:1.

: It's been that way in animation, whether producers like it or not (or even understand it) since 1937. Sad to say, but from the crap I've seen so-called animation "writers" do, I'd say they were more like TYPERS. Most of this breed of writer consider writing for animation a stopover to live action--and they definetly believe it's beneath them (MOST, I said--not all). And it shows.

What, are we arguing about whether or not there are bad writers? No argument there. But you can't get a great storyboard out of a bad script.

Even the great Tex Avery, master gagsmith, would have a wild story session in which Heck Allen (the writer) would essentially take notes and then organize them into a script. Why did Avery have him there? BECUZ HE NEEDED A SCRIPT to make his cartoons.

And that's only for a 7 minute short. It's a whole 'nother animal with features.

Maybe film festival entries are made without scripts since 1937, but not films that are to be viewed by mass audiences (i.e. films that can be comprehended).

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