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Old 05-05-2018, 09:31 AM   #1
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Default Non conventional scripts

What are the strangest screenplays out there in terms of format? I don’t mean font size or spacing! I am talking about actual technique. For example, I remember reading something about a script that was written entirely in the first person.

Another one that had graphics and drawings in it - a collection of clues that lead to the mystery being unraveled.

I am very curious. Sometimes I feel constricted trying to do things in a very classical, conventional way and perhaps there are ways of breaking the mold by being super out there.
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Old 05-06-2018, 12:09 AM   #2
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I remember reading something about a script that was written entirely in the first person.
Hmm, I suppose that means that the action is all told from the standpoint of a narrator who writes as I/me. I guess you could do it, but why? The I/me narrator would have to be in every scene as the observer.

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Another one that had graphics and drawings in it - a collection of clues that lead to the mystery being unraveled.
The script for "A Quiet Place" that I saw recently had a good many graphics. That was the only time that I have ever seen them used in a script. Maybe this is the screenplay that you have in mind.

I was not impressed with the screenplay. I thought that it was just a pretentious one-off curiosity. However, I am not opposed to using graphics in a script (although I know that it is rarely if ever done).
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Old 05-08-2018, 08:03 AM   #3
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BUBBLES was written from the POV of Michael Jackson's pet monkey. That's pretty out there.
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Old 05-08-2018, 08:54 AM   #4
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That first person script you're thinking of is probably A MANY SPLINTERED THING.

It was on the Blacklist and was a Nicholl finalist back in 2011. The whole thing is written in the first person, and so it reads like one long Shane Blackism. The voice is strong, and I can see why producers would be attracted to the writing, but it's all ultimately a gimmick. Underneath it all, the entire story is "A writer who doesn't believe in love falls in love with a girl he can't have."

It was made into a movie called PLAYING IT COOL with Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan.
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Old 05-19-2018, 12:23 PM   #5
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Dan Gilroy's NIGHTCRAWLER went freestyle with typography in places, and to good effect, IMHO.
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Old 05-19-2018, 07:45 PM   #6
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My 2:

All of the above-cited examples are gimmicks and tricks, trompe l'oeils, and sleight of hand, IMHO. With or without those oddities, at the end of the proverbial day, only the word choices on the page are the camera and sound of the intended movie.

Translating the screenplay to moving images and sound is a Herculean task involving the talents of hundreds of people even with a well-crafted screenplay. All those aforementioned tricks to get noticed won't help if the story — those chosen words in a chosen order, that is, the screenplay — isn't there in fully polished form to begin with.

So, expand your vocabulary, as in, increase your knowledge of words. You'll need them to better tell your stories.

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