One of the scripts I wrote has been making its way around LA LA land. While it hasn't been picked up by a studio yet, it has been picked up by a comic book company called Red 5 Comics
The process has just started, and has been pretty cool so far. Some of the suits have let us know that while they really like the script and think it has great potential (I think they should just pre-record that, since they probably say it to everyone), they were looking for some sort of cross IP to help sell it, like a comic or a video game (It's a big-budget action film). So the comic may help that. Or not.
Anyway, the folks at Red 5 have been sending me layouts for feedback. That has been a great process for me, not only because I enjoy the collaboration and it has been a boatload of fun to see somthing I wrote coming to life in a very effective way, but because it reminded me how close to movies comic books can be.
Granted, you would normally have the copy to to read, that would sort of explain what's going on. But the layouts these guys have been sending me have no words, just pictures. And it totally works. You don't get all of the details, btu you do get the gist of what is going on. Seeing individual frames that were drawn, and specifically chosen to represent a section of a scene in a visual fashion is a great lesson for me both as a writer and a filmmaker.
It is in many ways, a high-end story board.
So try that. Go get some comic books, but don't read them. Just look at the pictures and the jot down what you think is happening. Then go back and read it to see how effective it was visually in telling the story.
Then go back and look at one of your scripts and draw a few scenes. No one has to see it, so it doesn't matter how well you draw. Just represent the key moments in a visual way. See how it stacks up (not in artistic skill, but in how effectively you can transplant your script to a visual medium.)
If you see you have drawn a lot of pictures of people talking, you should realize that either you have not maximized the visual potential of your work, or (more likely), you have written a script that doesn't have much visual potential.
Comic books don't move, but I think they may be closer to movies than scripts are in some ways.
Anyone have any thoughts on this?