Storytelling – Working Method. Part 5. Sending or making

Working Method
Part 5

Storytelling - Working Method
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Part 5. Sending or making

Send the script to partners / boss / sponsor / publisher

In written media such as literature, we are done when we have written our final work from the synopsis or the treatment. So we just have to transmit the script and see what comes.

In audio/visual media, including theater and performing arts, we can now send or pass the script to our partners, to make the final work from it – the movie, the comic strip, the cartoon, the dance show, the puppet animation, the stand up comedy show, etc…

We are done!

Project 1 – Heroic fantasy novel

3 months later, we wrote the 300 pages of the final novel. Most of it was rather easy and pleasant to write, since the plots were well-designed. While writing, we noticed that we had left a few scenario gaps and technical mistakes, so we fixed them.

We first pass the script to our friends and partners to get their opinion. They will comment the intensity of action, the themes, the style. Some of their suggestions will lead us to rewrite the script at some points.

When we feel it is the best we can do, then we print it and/or send it to our publisher, literary agent, and cinema and TV agents in case they would be interested in buying the adaptation rights.

Project 2 – Electroclash album

All the songs have been written.

We rehearse them, test them in front of an audience, then record them. The album gets released, receives a fantastic critical acclaim, the record is sold at 2 million copies in 2 weeks, so we start sniffing cocaine and believing we are the queens of the world, then we all die from a collective overdose after the crazy concert and our legend is born 🙂

Project 3 – Hip-hop photonovel

In this precise project, the end of the creation tasks is the beginning of the promotion tasks.

Someone will have to work to find outlets for the mini-stories, for example web-blogs accepting to present an episode weekly as a banner, a print magazine about rap publishing 1 page a month, a publisher to print the series on paper and on ebook stores, etc. Someone else will make a website to centralize all of the available contents of the series.

Project 4 – The Squatt

The script is sent to the producer. He/she will probably ask for some changes here and there.

When everything is OK, the script is transformed again. It becomes a storyboard or a technical document that describes the details of the shooting – place/stage, timing, actors and technicians needed, etc. The actors get a copy of the script and start rehearsing the dialogues. Technicians also study the script to plan and prepare lights, sound takes, positions of the cameras, etc.

When everybody did his/her job, the shooting is ready. When the series has been released and gets successful we continue writing it.

The next steps

We hope this working method in storytelling got you interested.

Of course this was just a first approach and a general frame that anyone can adapt, develop, recut, re-script 🙂

What is sure is that for any ambitious work, even of a short size, the working time and the documentation volume are much bigger than the duration time and the volume of materials of the final work. Indeed, 30 seconds of movie can cost 6 months of script-writing, and 100 pages of novel can take 1000 pages of research and documentation. To provide such an effort, the storyteller has to have methods!

We wish you good luck in your next stories and if you want to make a bit of your artistic way in company of Story&Drama, you’re welcome, colleague!

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