If I ever want to write an excruciatingly awkward conversation, I'm just going to get a copy of the Academy Awards presentation. Is it just me, or is that thing almost painful to watch? Fluttery interviewers, small-talking stars, fumbling handshakes and well-wishes... ouch. Just ouch.
And then awkward repartee from speakers, cameras zooming in for a combination of dull or nervous close-ups, everyone uber-stiff because they don't know when the camera is going to be on them...
It's funny, because if this were a book or a movie the script would be awful. Is it just me? Am I the only one who wanted to get out a red pen and start editing?
I did think it was very interesting, though, how they revealed the nominees for the best original and adapted screenplay categories, offering up a bit of the actual script dialogue and direction while the movie scenes played in the background. Any of you other fiction writers out there get struck by the disparity between a script and a book (or finished film, for that matter)? So stark. And some of the writing seemed kind of lame on the page. Empty. Maybe it's good I'm a prose guy. What would I do with all those metaphors bouncing around my brain?
Anyone here write screenplays at all? What's the approach? How's it different from writing fiction?
It's odd, really, being the huge movie buff that I am, I've never really felt a desire to write a screenplay. Just... no. Maybe it's the sense of control in writing fiction. A story is mine. I own it, I control it. I shape everything about it. I have divinity at my fingertips.
But, in some senses, a screenplay is just a guideline. It's the director who ends up shaping the story, and even that is a hugely collaborative process. Cameramen, actors, editors, designers... film is about group. When it comes to the creative process, it seems that I, sadly, am not.
Anyone else like me? Horribly selfish and grasping? Revelling in the joys of dictatorship?