My name is Michael Willis and one of my passions is writing screenplays, of which I have been fortunate enough to have two of them with production companies on their slate of upcoming endeavors. So why am I telling you this on THIS page?
Because in writing for film, the one immutable LAW is, “Show, don’t Tell!” In other words, a writer must Show the movie in a producer’s head so they can then Show it to a director who can then bring the story to life... and that’s where being able to illustrate comes in for the writer.
We want to — through the written word — direct the readers eyes along the page, to paint what we see in our imagination. So being able to take a scene, break it down to “mind movie” camera set-ups, storyboarding is as important to the writer as it is to the actual film director.
Because if they can see what WE see, it makes their job easier. A director’s vision will be different, BUT... if we as writers can plant the seed, the likelihood of a producer/director saying “yes” is greatly advanced.
Denise has created a way of helping me find the best grouping of characters, better POV (Point-of-View) of the shots and critical to the artistry of crafting a scene; the freedom to try something NEW. And that can make all the difference in the world.
So, whether you’re a pro illustrator, aspiring artist or even a scribe who uses a keyboard to paint Mind movies, this book is a MUST HAVE if you want to take your work to the next level.
Raise your game!