Visual Mindscape by Bill Boyle

The primary focus of this column is to explore the Visual Mindscape of the Screenplay. If film is first and foremost a visual medium does it not make sense that the script which is the heart, spine and soul of a film should also be a visual experience? From a visual point of view the column will discuss, narrative, character, scene development and even the visual aspects of dialogue. Visual storytelling is most effective in engaging the interest of the script reader. Using visual tools the column will also cover the marketing elements such as log lines, query letter and even the pitch.

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Establishing Atmosphere with the Visual Mindscape

No, I haven’t disappeared. Due to time constraints I have decided to cut back to a monthly column rather than every two weeks. The two primary screenwriting devices that are most often ignored are narrative pacing, which I discussed in an earlier posting, and Atmosphere. Atmosphere is the visceral experience created by the ambiance...

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Visual Mindscape: How to Choose a Script Consultant

I begin with a full disclosure that in addition to being a screenwriter I am also a script consultant. As such, I must admit to a certain bias toward the value of script consulting to writers. I like to think of myself more as a script mentor than a consultant, and I will explain...

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Visual Mindscape: The Pulse of Screenplay Dialogue

Screenplay dialogue is not like any other form of dialogue. It is distinct from the literary dialogue of novels as there is no on-going narrator to interpret and condense the speeches and reveal the inner thoughts and memories of the characters. There is a huge difference in words that are meant to be read...

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VISUAL MINDSCAPE: The First Image in Your Screenplay

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! I am sure that by now you have heard how important the first ten pages of a screenplay are in capturing the interest of the reader. I would take it a step further. The opening, the set up, the first image or sequence of...

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Visual Mindscape: A Query Letter to Incite

Before I get into the Query Letter I have something that I want to share with you. Those of you who know me and my work are aware that I have been fortunate enough to have every screenplay I have written either produced or optioned (and I don’t mean the Danny Manus type of...

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Visual Mindscape: Overcoming Writer’s Block (No, Really)

Writers Block comes in many different guises.  For me there are three: Laziness, Boredom and Overwhelm. As for any other reasons out there, to tell you the truth, I don’t want to know about them. These three have caused me enough grief over the years. But I have found ways to overcome all of...

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Visual Mindscape: Film Locations as Allegory

Sometimes the specific needs of a scene lock you into a particular location.  But, in situations where this is not the case, you might consider choosing film locations that add a degree of richness to the scene. Often the obvious location is simply generic and adds very little to the story. Where you choose...

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Visual Mindscape: The Kinetic Logline

Edward Albee once said “Any play that can be described in one line should be only one line long.” I couldn’t agree more, but the reality is we need loglines to help sell our scripts, and they are not going away, at least not in my lifetime. As I was so at war with...

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Visual Mindscape: Never Do a Free Option Agreement

I could make this the shortest column ever run in Scriptmag.com by simply saying; never, never enter into a free Option Agreement. There is never a valid or compelling reason to do so. I don’t care if it is your first screenplay or not, don’t do it. Have I made myself clear? One more...