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03/29/2006 - STAGE DIRECTIONS: HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH
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When you're writing a script that you're going to direct it's OK to go crazy with stage directions (or the action descriptions, if you prefer). This includes camera angles, as well.

Since you're shooting it while you're writing the script you might have some great ideas for shots, sets, angles and business for your characters. If you don't write them down you could forget them.

So put them all in. Later, once you've finished a draft or even up to the point when you're going to shoot the film, you can cut them or change them.

On the other hand, when you're writing a screenplay that you are not going to direct, the opposite is true. Less is more.

INT. KITCHEN - DAY

Small. No window. Very few appliances and gadgets. EDDIE enters and gets a beer from the frig.

If you were going to direct the film with that scene in it I would suggest giving more details about the kitchen. Maybe include a few shots of the dripping faucet or the new sponge or the broken can opener or the antique tea kettle on the stove.

So it's simple: you direct--pile on the stage directions. You're not directing-as few words as possible to create a sense of place and what's going on.







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