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Old 07-07-2012, 01:36 AM   #1
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Wondering what people think about using the descriptive element "angle on" in the action text? I've seen a few pro scripts recently that have utilized it sparingly, and I kind of like how it helps breaks up blocks of text and focuses the attention. Mostly I equate it with a close up shot. You?
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:56 AM   #2
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"Angle on BEN WILCOX, 26, handsome. And at the moment, more or less drunk."

"Angle on Wilcox watching. The couple is graceful and radiant."

Or similar moments like this:

"ON Lydie. Her face is reflected in the window, over the dark plains passing by."

"ON Ernest, standing at the door."

What I like is how it helps orient us to where we are specifically looking. A lot of the notes I've seen in the Script Pages section relate to the reader not being clear what they are seeing. This would seem to be a simple way to help clear that up.

Or is it a major no-no?
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:58 AM   #3
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It's a major no-no.
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Old 07-07-2012, 02:14 AM   #4
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I use it all the time.
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Old 07-07-2012, 02:17 AM   #5
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It's a popular technique in professionally written scripts.

You'll often hear a bizarre idea that amateurs shouldn't make their scripts look like professionally written scripts or use similar techniques to those found in professionally written scripts.

Here's some alternative advice:

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Read fifty scripts from pro writers, see how they use all the things that people are telling you not to do.

Take what you want. Leave the rest.
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Old 07-07-2012, 02:54 AM   #6
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It's a major no-no.
It's perfectly fine.

I've even used it on the opening pages of scripts. In conjucntion with pull back or push in it becomes extremely powerful and evocative.
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Old 07-07-2012, 03:04 AM   #7
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For those saying it's perfectly fine and you use it all the time...

Can you specify whether you are:
1. writing on assignment
2. or writing spec

And if spec, can you also specify whether you sold one of these specs littered with camera directions?

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Old 07-07-2012, 03:10 AM   #8
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It's a major no-no.
Sorry, but that's nonsense. Like any other conventional device used sparingly and appropriately to frame something, it works fine. Maybe it's used less now than it was in the 1990s, doesn't matter. It's possible to achieve the same effect in different ways, but that doesn't matter, the writer can use whatever device they like if it works. "Angle on" has been used for years; anyone in the industry knows what it means.
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Old 07-07-2012, 06:59 AM   #9
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For those saying it's perfectly fine and you use it all the time...

Can you specify whether you are:
1. writing on assignment
2. or writing spec

And if spec, can you also specify whether you sold one of these specs littered with camera directions?

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Old 07-07-2012, 08:45 AM   #10
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Sorry if I was running over the same old ground with this thread. Thanks for the differing opinions. I know that some "rules" are more bendy than others.

I guess this all speaks to a larger issue, which is to have confidence in your voice when writing your story.
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