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Scene Description Spotlight: Using Screenplay Style to Express Your Voice
Movies and TV are primarily visual mediums, which means most of what we write in a script is scene description. Ironically one of Hollywood’s dirty little secrets is that people who read scripts for a living basically loathe scene description. Why? Because it slows down the read—all that text with its wide margins. However, scene description is much more than establishing a scene’s physical setting, indeed it is an extension of your writing voice and key to a script being a ‘good read’.
Scott has written over thirty commissioned studio and TV projects including the movies K-9, Alaska, and Trojan War. He hosts Go Into The Story, screenwriting blog of the Black List, and teaches at the DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts.